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2013 NM ACEC Engineering Excellence Award
WWW Project Wins 2013 NM ACEC Engineering Excellence Award

2013 Environmental Engineering Excellence Award winner by the New Mexico ACEC.

The project will ultimately conserve over six million gallons per day of potable water, while helping ensure water for future generations.

This project was one of many initiatives by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority to alleviate demands on the depleting aquifer that serves as Albuquerque’s primary potable water source.

The premise of this project was that irrigation demands placed on the aquifer by existing parks, recreational facilities, and industrial end-users could be eliminated by converting identified end-users from potable to non-potable service. The scope of the project included the design of new filtration facilities, storage tanks, pump stations, and transmission and distribution lines to serve 28 existing end-users.

To make the overall project more manageable, it was divided up into four construction contracts that were funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and administered by the Bureau of Reclamation.

The overall project includes:

  • Over 10 miles of piping
  • 2.2 million gallons of storage
  • 15,200 gallons per minute of pumping capacity
  • 21 million gallons per day of filtration capacity