FAYETTEVILLE ENGINEERING FIRM TAKES TOP HONORS FOR DESIGN OF BATESVILLE WASTEWATER FACILITIES
Batesville, AR. – The new Batesville, Arkansas Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection System Upgrades received top peer honors at the 2017 American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas (ACEC/A) Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Little Rock on March 16.
Designed by the Fayetteville engineering firm McGoodwin, Williams & Yates, Inc, the project was named as the top Water and Wastewater project in the state. It also received the People’s Choice Award, voted on by event attendees.
“Providing the citizens of Batesville with this highly innovative technology to treat their wastewater as well as save them money and protect the environment was immensely rewarding for all of us at MWY,” said MWY Chief Operating Officer, Jim Ulmer. “To be recognized by our peers as having designed and built the best facility in the state for 2017 is certainly an honor of which we are all proud to have received.”
The new 9.0 million-gallon-per-day Wastewater Treatment plant utilizes a unique system called Moving Bed Bio-Reactor (MBBR), and is the first such system in Arkansas and the largest MBBR system in the United States following a lagoon. The benefit of the system is it allows for compact design with a footprint a fraction the size of conventional systems while delivering a flexible, cost-effective, easy-to-operate means to address current wastewater requirements and ease of expansion to meet future loads or more stringent discharge requirements within the compact design.
The construction of the gravity sewer and tunnel as part of the collection system improvements is estimated to create an annual average energy savings of 62 percent, as compared to the construction and operation of a replacement lift station and force main.
“Our wastewater expansion project has turned out even better than expected. The hard work and attention to detail from the MWY staff has been apparent throughout the project,” said City Engineer Damon Johnson. “It is gratifying to see how impressed our community members are when they see the actual facility operation during our site tours. Our staff appreciates the ease of operation for a facility of its size. Overall, myself, our staff, and our elected officials are all very happy with our new facility and what it has done for our community.”
The improvements project was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a Green Project under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 for its energy savings and was awarded $12.6 million in ARRA recovery funds, including a principal forgiveness loan of $6.3 million. It was also including in then Vice-President Joe Biden’s “100 Recovery Projects that are Changing America.” said City Engineer Damon Johnson.
Construction on the plant began in March 2010 with final full operation of all components in operation as of January 2017. The cost of the improvements was $33.5 million.