Black & Veatch secures contract for Liverpool WWTP project in US

US-based Black & Veatch has been chosen by the Medina County Sanitary Engineers in Ohio to provide plant operating enhancements and energy savings for the Liverpool wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).

The new project will be able to reduce plant operating expenditures by approximately $1.5m every year, which in turn will enable the Medina utility to complete the project without increasing customer rates.

Medina County sanitary engineer Amy S. Lyon-Galvin said: “Working collaboratively, we truly feel our ideas and suggestions have been considered and vetted, and we are receiving a project we believe in.

“Our partnership with Black & Veatch has resulted in a great product for a great price, and we look forward to construction.”

This is Black & Veatch’s first energy savings performance contract. The design-build work of the WWTP project guarantees efficiencies that offer overall cost recovery.

The Liverpool WWTP project focuses on replacing the plant’s current biosolids treatment process with a technologically upgraded system that helps improve the plant’s performance.

The WWTP will use a combination of renewable biogas and natural gas to supply power for its operations.

Black & Veatch water business performance contracting leader Pete Thomson said: “Black & Veatch will leverage its technological and design-build expertise in delivering this important project for Medina County.

“This effort will significantly improve both the treatment effectiveness and the plant’s sustainability.”

The project will not only offer operational savings to wastewater ratepayers but will also reduce the carbon emissions of the plant.

Having begun in January this year, the WWTP project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2019.

Located about 30 miles south of Cleveland, in Ohio, the US, the Liverpool WWTP caters to nearly 35,000 customers and processes an average of nine million gallons of wastewater every day.