Regional Medical Center Opens New Packaged Treatment Facility

  A small packaged wastewater treatment plant designed to serve a regional medical center significantly improved the quality of treated effluent, and was completed under-budget, enabling the medical center to add a connection from the new plant to a nearby elder care center. The Hi-Desert Medical Center (HDMC) and the Joshua Basin Water District (JBWD)…

South Coast Water District Launches Innovative Water Harvesting Facility

  The project taps a new water source, reduces urban run-off,  improves water quality,  and converts an irrigation system from potable to recycled water. In a collaborative effort with the County of Orange and the City of Laguna Beach, South Coast Water District is constructing an innovative water harvesting and treatment facility that will have…

Pre-procurement Strategies for Wastewater Projects

  Pre-selection, pre-approval, and pre-purchase of equipment and materials are three procurement methods that, when used correctly, can shorten construction schedules, control costs, ensure quality, and reduce the risks of conflicts and claims during construction. Each approach needs to be carefully administered within specific exceptions to California’s Public Contract Code governing competitive bidding practices for…

How Pre-procurement Can Overcome Constraints on Wastewater Infrastructure Projects

  Dudek engineers successfully administered variations of pre-procurement processes to shorten construction schedules while controlling costs and project risks on three recent wastewater infrastructure projects. Focusing on unique project needs, Dudek used three progressively complex pre-procurement methods: pre-selection, pre-approval, and pre-purchase of equipment and materials.  Each approach was carefully administered within specific exceptions to California’s…

Turning Around an At-Risk Treatment Facility

A small wastewater treatment facility facing regulatory fines and inefficient operations took an innovative approach to corrective action that avoided fines and leveraged existing facilities to improve operations. The Los Ranchos Mobile Home Park’s 100,000 gallon per day (gpd) wastewater treatment plant was plagued by constant odor complaints, failing percolation ponds and occasional spills. The…

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