Wood, with the Saint John Clean Water Project team, received an Engineering Excellence Award from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – New Brunswick for its cost-effective, sustainable design of a new drinking water treatment facility and storage reservoirs.
Saint John’s water system was developed in 1837 and some of the city’s most system-critical piping dates to 1874. To deliver safer drinking water and reduce water disruptions for residents, the city used a public-private partnership model to develop the project, which is the single largest municipal infrastructure project undertaken in the province’s history.
The project included the rehabilitation of cast iron mains for water transmission and design of a new 75,000-cu-m per day surface water treatment plant, 33,000 cu m of new storage reservoirs and an 18,000-cu-m per day groundwater wellfield. The facility is designed to minimize the environmental footprint of the plant’s operations and meets Canadian and New Brunswick water quality standards.