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  • Wastewater project receives industry awards, Congressional recognition

    Jun 13, 2019 | Read More News
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    A recently completed Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation project has earned praise from industry organizations and the United States Congress. 

    The Sabino Creek Pump Station and Force Main project was recognized for innovative techniques, preservation of native vegetation and cooperation with nearby homeowners. Sabino creek

    The project replaced a wastewater pipeline servicing an area near Canyon Ranch Resort that crossed Sabino Creek to the east. Flooding in 2006 washed out portions of Sabino Creek exposing the pipeline, making it vulnerable to damage. Temporary stabilization efforts were conducted to protect the pipeline while a long-term solution was developed. 

    The final project included decommissioning of the creek crossing section of pipeline, thereby eliminating risks of future flood damage, and installation of a pump station and force main on the west bank of the creek to move flows uphill before joining with the gravity-fed mainline. 

    Great efforts were made to blend the station design into the neighboring desert landscape. The gates and antenna pole of the facility were constructed to match the surrounding architecture and desert colors. Final project costs were $2.8 million. 

    AZ Water Association selected Sabino Creek Pump Station as the 2019 Wastewater System Project of the Year and the Arizona Southern and State Chapters of the American Public Works Association (APWA) selected the Sabino Creek Pump Station and Force Main project as the “2019 Environmental Project of the Year” award for the less than $5 million category. RWRD will accept the APWA State achievement award at the 2019 APWA Awards Luncheon on August 8 at the El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley. 

    The award recognizes the managing agency, design consultant, and contractor, as well as the award-winning aspects of the project. 

    In addition, U.S. Senator Martha McSally presented the department with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in honor of the American Public Works Association award.