Chicago Water District Hires Black & Veatch to Build Plant

Sep 12, 2013

Bloomberg

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago hired two companies to build a facility that will help the agency comply with proposed state limits on phosphorus in water supplies. The plant also will produce fertilizer to offset the cost of the project.

The work will be done by Black & Veatch Corp., a construction services company based in Overland Park, Kansas, and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., a designer and operator of five recovery facilities in North America that is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the agency said in a statement. The plant will operate in conjunction with the district’s Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, which serves 2.2 million people and is the largest facility of its kind in the world, it said.

The district is adding the facility to comply with limits proposed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on the amount of phosphorus in water supplies, said Allison Fore, a spokeswoman for the district. The new plant will remove phosphorus and nitrogen from waste water streams and convert the chemicals into fertilizer for agriculture use.

“Nutrient runoff is the No. 1 water environment issue across the U.S.,” Fore said in an e-mail. “It is a significant water quality problem in the Mississippi River basin and Great Lakes states.”

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