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Black & Veatch professionals to get top water quality award

Water 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.  

Owned 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.