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Black & Veatch wins contract for big Chicago water project

Updated: 2013-09-12T22:46:25Z

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Black & Veatch has been hired by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to build a facility that will help the agency comply with proposed state limits on phosphorus in water supplies.

The facility will improve water quality in local rivers, lakes and streams. It also will produce fertilizer to offset the cost of the project.

The total price of the facility is still under negotiation, said Allison Fore, a spokeswoman for the district. It’s expected to be completed by 2015.

Kansas City-based Black & Veatch said it will provide design, procurement and construction services. It will team with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., a designer and operator of five recovery facilities in North America that is based in Vancouver, B.C., 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, according to a news release from Black & Veatch.

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 Fore. 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. “It is a significant water quality problem in the Mississippi River basin and Great Lakes states.”

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