Environmental Protection

Western Corridor Project Complete, Earns Recognition

To celebrate completion of the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project, Western Corridor Recycled Water Pty Ltd. held an Open Day on Nov. 2 near Brisbane, Australia. The project is the largest advanced recycled water project of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

The finished project is a water supply network for South East Queensland that consists of a 124 miles of large-diameter underground pipeline, three advanced water treatment plants, storage tanks, and pumping stations. The network will have the capacity to deliver 61 million gallons per day (mgd) of purified recycled water to power stations, industry, agriculture, and the Wivenhoe Dam.

Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting, and construction company, working in a joint venture with Thiess was responsible for the design, construction, and commissioning of the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant, the first of the three advanced water treatment plants to come on-line. Stage 1A of the plant was completed in 10 months. Stage 1B of the plant was completed in June 2008 and increased the capacity of purified recycled water from 5 to 17 mgd.

In September in Vienna, Austria, the plant received a Grand Honor Prize in the design project category at the International Water Association Project Innovation Awards. In October, the plant was named International Project of the Year by the Construction Management Association of America and as winner of the Project Management category at the Engineers Australia Queensland Division 2008 Engineering Excellence Awards. The project will now be submitted for the Engineers Australia national awards, which will be announced at an event in Canberra in mid-November.

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