The month of March is when the Professional Engineering firms of Arkansas, under their state umbrella organization ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies, Arkansas), recognize excellence in several categories of engineering projects.
The event was held at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. Garver Engineers and Springdale Water Utilities won top honors in the Energy and Power Category for its recent power generation project at the Springdale Waste Water Treatment Plant. The power project not only assures continuous treatment through all kinds of emergency situations, it also enabled the utility to receive a lower off peak rate year round for its ability to now get 100% off the grid during peak use hours in the summer. This lowers electrical costs to the utility and helps keeps Springdale’s water and sewer rates the lowest in Northwest Arkansas. The project pays for itself over time as well.
This project was completed and on line in May 2017 right before the “peak” season. SWU had been getting the savings of the off-peak rate since October of 2016 in anticipation of the timely completion of this infrastructure improvement, therefore timing was critical. The Springdale Water and Sewer Commission authorized the project in 2015 at an estimated cost of $5 million. The project came in on time and under budget by almost $300,000.
SWU serves multiple municipalities and approximately 100,000 persons. Its mission is to provide safe, high quality drinking water to its patrons and to responsibly treat and dispose of wastewater generated by those patrons and protect the public health. The generator project further secures that ability. Garver has offices in Fayetteville and Little Rock as well as other surrounding states.
Pictured are: Chris Bunton, Garver. Heath Ward, SWU. Rick Pulvirenti, SWU. Scott Zotti, Garver. Shawn Dorman, SWU. Jonathan White, Garver. — with Shawn Dorman, SWU.