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Brown and Caldwell to Manage Portland’s Historic Switch to Filtered Water Supply

Parul Dubey on September 26, 2018 - in Drinking water, News, Water

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Brown and Caldwell, a leading environmental engineering and construction firm, today announced it was awarded a contract to provide program management services for Portland Water Bureau’s (PWB) $500 million Bull Run Filtration Project.

The project marks a critical transition for PWB and its customers, who have relied on unfiltered water from the federally protected 102 square mile Bull Run Watershed as its primary source of water for over a century. Triggered by traces of Cryptosporidium found in the water supply and revocation of PWB’s treatment variance by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the project involves the design and construction of a complete new water treatment system. The program includes a filtration plant with up to 160 million gallons per day capacity and new appurtenances to connect to the existing supply system.  

“Public health and safety is the bureau’s top priority,” said PWB’s program director David Peters. “This transformational opportunity for the city will further protect and improve our primary source of drinking water for the long-term benefit of our customers.”

To aid the transition to a filtered supply, Brown and Caldwell will lead pilot testing and project definition work to determine and optimize the preferred treatment system. As program manager, the firm will also provide permitting; management and control of budget, schedule, and risk; and management and review of the work of design engineers and contractors to be retained by PWB in 2019.

The Brown and Caldwell team includes Confluence Engineering Group, who will provide specialized knowledge in water quality throughout the pilot process as well as during distribution system flushing in preparation for the filtered water. Barney & Worth will bring expertise in strategic communications and public involvement. Further, the team includes 20 Oregon-certified disadvantaged, minority-owned, woman-owned, and emerging small business firms, supporting Portland’s commitment to equity and inclusion.

“We are honored to help the city of Portland responsibly deliver a water filtration system to reliably and sustainably serve generations to come,” said Brown and Caldwell program manager Jon Holland. “We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with PWB for this landmark project for the region.”

Following successful pilot testing and design, construction will likely commence in late 2022 with the new facility operational by Sept. 30, 2027, in accordance with the city’s agreement with OHA.

About Brown and Caldwell

Headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., Brown and Caldwell is a full-service environmental engineering and construction firm with 45 offices and 1,600+ professionals across the country. For more than 70 years, our creative solutions have helped scores of municipal, federal and private agencies successfully overcome their most challenging water and environmental obstacles. As an employee-owned company, Brown and Caldwell is passionate about meeting our clients’ needs and making a difference for our environment and communities. For more information, visit www.brownandcaldwell.com

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