Expanding Water Reuse Capacity Black & Veatch, which was hired as the program manager for the reuse program, saw that Escondido could expand its existing water reclamation system for $250 million. Expanding its water reuse capacity allowed the city to divert treated wastewater from its outfall system and defer upgrades to it while reducing the amount of wastewater going to the ocean and creating a more sustainable water supply. “In a semi-arid climate where we don't have a lot of rain, water reuse is a compelling option. It creates a local and sustainable water supply," said Davis. The existing water reuse facility, known as the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility, or HARRF, has been delivering recycled water since 2001. Each day it takes in about 5 million gallons of wastewater, treats it and conveys it to local industrial and agricultural users. The first step in Black & Veatch's two-phased plan is designing and building a new microfiltration/reverse osmosis (MF/RO) facility. The new facility will produce enough high-quality recycled water to irrigate 1,500 acres of avocado crops. The second step involves a new advanced water treatment plant that will produce highly purified water suitable for drinking. In addition to creating a sustainable water supply and delaying the need for a costly wastewater system upgrade, the expanded water reuse capacity helps the city keep water prices down and gain greater control of water quality for its customers. Construction of the pipelines and infrastructure linking the new MF/RO facility to HARRF and to farms is scheduled to begin in mid-2019. Delivery of water is expected by the end of 2020. “On this project, and others like it, we have delivered creative solutions that can be sequenced and phased for greater cost effectiveness for clients,” Davis said. “That's a particular trait of Black & Veatch: Our teams have both the design and the planning expertise to help clients be successful." Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you. 0 Related Insights The Data to Water Connection The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. From Internet of Things to Internet of Water: How Integrated Data Can Help Stop "Day Zero" Water Utilities Urged to Exploit Data, Use Less Guesswork Water Meets "New Energy": Surging Renewables Has Utilities Eyeing Alternative Power Sources Amid Climate Change Worries, the Question: What to do With Too Much Water? Related Project Stories DIY Approach Makes Water Treatment Safer for Hong Kong Citizens The Hong Kong Water Supplies Department is bringing more clean drinking water to its citizens in much safer ways. Ultimately, the department set out to double the Tai Po Water Treatment Works’ production. Achieving that goal was an amazing feat in itself, but the department saw beyond the infrastructure to boldly address the equally complex challenge of safe and sustainable treatment. Lifting the Burdens of Capital Improvement Programs For more than 20 years, Black & Veatch worked with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission to upgrade its wastewater treatment system on a project-by-project basis. There were many short-term wins, but resilience dated master plan made the long-term a bit less clear. The real win, and biggest cost savings, required a different approach. Water Reuse Provides Cost Savings to City, Avocado Farmers The city of Escondido, Calif., had converging challenges. It had too much wastewater and not enough potable water. The answer: water reuse. A Wastewater Treatment Plant that Pays for Itself Black & Veatch is the designer and builder of a new, $35 million solids treatment system for the Liverpool Wastewater Treatment Plant in Medina County, Ohio. The system provides energy performance savings and other sustainable benefits through an innovative Design-Build Performance Contract. As a result, the county expects to be able to pay for the new system without increasing customer rates. New Ulu Pandan Demonstration Plant Sets the Global Standard for Water Innovation The Ulu Pandan Wastewater Treatement Demonstration Center has a treatment capacity of 12,500m3/day, and serves to test advanced water treatment technologies before deploying them on a larger scale at Tuas Water Reclamation Plant in the future.