& Veatch professionals to get top water quality award
Environment Federation to Present Honor October 5 in New Orleans
Alexandria, Va. (August 25, 2004)
– Black & Veatch announced today that Pete Goins, Dave Parker,
Chris deBarbadillo and Cindy
Wallis-Lage will receive the prestigious George Bradley Gascoigne
Medal from the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The award will be
presented at WEFTEC's 77th
annual technical conference and exhibition.
Goins, Parker, deBarbadillo and
Wallis-Lage are being recognized for their article, “Build a Better
Nutrient Trap.” Published in
the Operations Forum section of
the July 2003 issue of WEF’s Water Environment & Technology,
the article identifies and discusses the process used to remove
phosphorus from the effluent to enable the plant to operate efficiently
and more easily accommodate additional future loadings.
and operated by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities (CMU), the McDowell
Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is a 6-mgd activated-sludge facility
that was upgraded to biological nutrient removal in 1999. The area is
undergoing rapid development and community growth. Knowing that CMU
could not increase loads to the receiving stream, the project team
adopted an aggressive proactive approach to optimize the removal of
phosphorus from effluent. Several operating strategies were tested, with
varying costs and degrees of success. The recommended strategy has been
implemented and has yielded an annual net savings of $150,000.
This medal is awarded for a paper that presents a solution to an important, complicated operational problem in a full-scale operating wastewater treatment plant. Goins, Parker, deBarbadillo and Wallis-Lage will be honored during WEFTEC®.04, North America’s largest water quality conference and exhibition, scheduled for October 2-6, 2004 in New Orleans, La. More than 15,000 of the world’s leading water quality experts and 800 companies are expected for this event.