Upping the Ante

Pursuit of LEED certification enhances sustainability in a new Iowa water plant and paves the way for a $6.5 million grant toward construction.

Upping the Ante

The main pipe gallery. The facility earned LEED points for using low-emitting paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants.

When the City of Ames (Iowa) and its engineering partner were designing a new lime softening water plant, there was no doubt it would be a major step-up in sustainability.

The old plant, operating since 1924, had been expanded many times to increase its capacity from 2 to 12 mgd....

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