LOS ANGELES — A team of people working on a water treatment plant and distribution system project at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center, Calif., was chosen recently as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2013 Project Delivery Team of the Year for Merit.
While touring Corps projects at the fort Aug. 20, Col David Turner, commander of the Corps South Pacific Division presented the award which recognized the challenges the team overcame. More than 75 people working in multiple Corps districts, partner agencies and stakeholders, developed and contracted for the design and construction of the project.
The project is the design-build of a six million gallon per day water treatment plant. The plant will treat all contaminants found in Fort Irwin's ground water in accordance with federal and state requirements (i.e., arsenic, fluoride, nitrate, and total dissolved solids). The plant will include an electro-dialysis reversal primary treatment process along with water recovery on the waste stream. The total water recovery of the plant will exceed 99 percent or better with zero liquid discharge. The project also includes water supply and distribution system upgrades to further support the Fort Irwin community.
“The recovery rate process is state of the art,” said Project Manager Lt. Col. Joe Seybold. “Essentially there is no other plant in the world of this type to achieve the design recovery rate of 99.6 percent.”
Employees on the team bring a wide-range of expertise and hail from the Los Angeles, Mobile, and Sacramento districts, as well as from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, CH2M Hill and GE Power and Water.
“I call them the dream Team,” Seybold said. “These experts joined together to create one of the most innovative water treatment plants ever developed.”
“I worked with the team to write the request for proposal solicitation,” said Toni Ortiz, USACE’s Mobile District project engineer in the Design, Water and Waste Water Technical Center of Expertise. “My team and I came out to the post to ensure that we had all the criteria and project elements right and also resolve any issues with the design portion of the design-build project.”
“Fort Irwin’s continuing groundwater pumping is currently exceeding the recharge rate of the aquifer,” said Ortiz. “This plant will extend the life of those water resources.”
The three-year $100 million water treatment plant project will eliminate the need for water faucets now designated “DO” for domestic use (washing, cleaning, irrigation), and other faucets that are designated “RO” (reverse osmosis) to provide water from which fluorides and arsenic are removed to meet federal drinking water standards for the soldiers and their families.