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Ithaca water supply project named Rehabilitation Project of the Year by NYS AWWA

City of Ithaca and OBG awarded for renovations to water supply infrastructure

The City of Ithaca, New York’s $36 million water supply project was recently named Rehabilitation Project of the Year by the New York Section of the American Water Works Association (NYS AWWA).

The water supply project represents the cornerstone to the largest public-works undertaking in the city’s history. Major renovations to the city’s water supply infrastructure have allowed for the safe delivery of up to 6 million gallons of water a day to 30,000 customers in the service area, while saving energy.

The project was the result of a years-long discussion on whether to rebuild the existing, century-old water plant to meet modern water quality standards, or join the inter-municipal water consortium Bolton Point, which draws its water from Cayuga Lake. The city decided to rebuild and retain the reliability of an independent water supply from a reservoir on Six Mile Creek, as well as to upgrade the plant’s treatment process to include membrane filtration for greater protection against waterborne pathogens.

OBG provided design and construction services for this project, including reservoir and raw water infrastructure improvements, plant upgrades comprising demolition, construction, and membrane equipment selection, and residual handling and distribution system improvements.

The new water treatment plant uses gravity flow from an upland supply to save energy, while ensuring a safe and reliable water supply for the region. The facility is designed with U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) practices to achieve efficient energy consumption and an optimized work environment.

The NYSAWWA project of the year awards were established to promote excellence in the management and administration in the water industry by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, consultant, engineer, and contractor, which by working together, complete potable water projects.

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