Local Water Reliability Projects Earns Engineering Honors

If it weren’t for engineers and construction teams, the civilized world would literally fall apart. At the residential level, homeowners depend on these architects, construction workers, and engineers for everything from minor cosmetic updates to emergency renovations. In fact, among homeowners having remodeling projects done to their property, 35% of involve the whole home.

On a much larger and more important level, engineering and construction projects protect people from dangerous waterborne pollutants. In California, local engineers are being honored for their efforts to improve water quality.

According to the Orange County Breeze, the Orange County Water District (OCWD) received two engineering awards for its local water reliability efforts.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) presented the Outstanding Water Project Award to the OCWD La Palma Water Recharge Basin and Stantec Consulting Services. The awards were part of a dinner celebration that honors projects that help improve the quality of life for those in the Southern California area.

The OCWD’s projects involved providing 75% of the drinking water for 2.4 million people and teaming up with the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) for the world’s largest advanced water purification project, which produces and reuses 100 million gallons per day of new water.

That’s a massive achievement in a drought-prone state.

“I am very proud to be part of this organization,” said Greg Sebourn, Board Chairman of the OCSD. “Facing the highest flows ever seen at OCSD, we were able to keep the flow in the pipes without any interruption in service to our customers. This was possible through the hard work and dedication of our staff, and the sound policy making, foresight and commitment of our past and current board to invest in infrastructure for the future. All of these factors came into play to allow OCSD to stay true to our mission of protecting public health and the environment, even during challenging times.”

The projects were primarily funded by the State Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) Financial Assistance Division. In addition, the SWRCB awarded the Water District a $2.86 million Prop 1 Grant.