Hazen and Sawyer Wins 2008 FDEP Domestic Wastewater Plant Operations Award

South Central Regional Facility Recognized for Outstanding Operation, Maintenance and Compliance

(HOLLYWOOD, FL – January 2, 2009) – The South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Board’s Wastewater Treatment Facility received the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) 2008 Domestic Wastewater Plant Operations Excellence Award. This facility is the only Type I wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) to receive this award for 2008, recognizing the Board for its outstanding treatment plant operation, maintenance and compliance. The award was presented to Dennis Coates, Executive Director of the Board and John Koroshec at a December 16, 2008 awards presentation in Tallahassee, Florida.

In bestowing the award, FDEP commended the Board for their proactive approach to achieving the continued goal of 100% reuse of WWTF effluent, as well as their ability to maintain treatment compliance throughout the multi-year, multiple construction project program activities associated with the expanded reuse facilities. The Board initiated the 100% reuse goal in 2001 in response to drought conditions throughout south Florida, and later accelerated its adoption due to increased public opposition of ocean outfall disposal and the formulation of new, more stringent ocean outfall regulations. For plants that do not utilize advanced treatment processes (such as that owned by the Board), the new regulations will eliminate the use the ocean outfall for discharge of effluent by the end of 2018.

Upon completion of the final phase of the reuse facility expansion, the ocean outfall will be used only as an infrequent, third-choice alternative for effluent disposal, with reuse irrigation and deep well injection serving as the two preferred methods, respectively. Construction of the final phase of the 100% reuse facilities at the WWTF is anticipated to be completed in early 2009, at which point effluent discharge via the ocean outfall is anticipated to account for less than 5% of the facility’s total effluent flow, as an annual average.

The South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Board was founded in 1974 through an Inter-local Agreement to provide treatment and disposal of wastewater generated within the service area of the Cities of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach. The treatment facility has a design capacity of 24 million gallons per day (mgd), and provides effluent disposal through ocean outfall or reuse irrigation.

Hazen and Sawyer has served as the general consultant for the Board since 1993, and has provided all of the engineering services throughout the planning, funding, design, permitting, bidding, and construction phases of the facility’s multiple expansions to achieve 100% effluent reuse. Through the combined efforts of the Board and Hazen and Sawyer, over $6 million in grant money was obtained since 2001 to fund the $25 million in construction costs for the 100% reuse projects at the WWTF.

For more than half a century, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater collection and treatment. Since our founding in 1951, we have grown in size to over 740 employees in 25 offices.

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