Basin Creek Water Treatment Plant

HDR's Basin Creek Water Treatment Plant Design Honored by ENR Mountain States

Engineering News-Record Mountain States named the Basin Creek Water Treatment Plant the winner of its 2017 Best Project award in the Water/Environment category.

The $30 million facility uses a cutting-edge ceramic membrane filtration system, the first of its kind to be installed in the United States.

A panel of nine judges from all areas of the industry — architects, general contractors, green consultants, virtual designers and engineers — selected winners and merit awards from the 105 total entries this year. The ENR Mountain States region includes Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The plant quietly blends into the scenic landscape south of Butte, Montana, and will help the City and County of Butte-Silver Bow deliver pristine drinking water to the community.

“It’s not every day that you get to work on a project that is the first of its kind,” said Nathan Kutil, project manager for HDR, the primary designer. “The forward-thinking community invested heavily in this new facility to ensure the best water treatment possible for its citizens.”

Ceramic filters, which are common in Japan and Europe, offer better durability, chemical resistance and life expectancy than standard polymer filters. They also result in less waste, resulting in 99.95 percent backwash recovery, well above the standard 85 to 95 percent recovery rate of most plants.

Basin Creek also minimises energy consumption by maximising its use of gravity. Gravity carries water from the Basin Creek reservoir to the 7-million-gallon-per-day facility, and gravity also takes the water from the plant to the distribution system in town. This unique treat-on-demand system minimises the need for pumping water into the distribution system and saved the community millions of dollars by eliminating the need for further storage facilities.

Members of the project team will be recognised at the Best Projects awards breakfast in Salt Lake City on October 31.

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