The Port Washington Water District retained D&B to provide engineering services for the design and construction of a packed tower aeration system at Well 6, one of a number of wells that supply potable water for the District. The treatment system has a capacity of 500 gpm and was designed to accommodate expansion to address possible future increases in VOC concentrations. Building an air stripping tower in a residential community was a challenge solved by combining engineering technology and residential architecture. The completed project (photo) blended with the surrounding homes, but housed all the necessary technical features for removal of VOCs. Due to the close proximity of the facility to a residential neighborhood, special attention was given to the architectural design as well as the landscape design. Following construction, the residents expressed their approval with written correspondence to the Board of Commissioners.
The American Water Works Association, New York Section, was also impressed with the project and recently awarded its prestigious Project of the Year Award to the Port Washington Water District at their 100th Anniversary Meeting in Rochester, New York. Congratulations to Italo Vacchio, Superintendent of the Port Washington Water District, Bill Merklin, P.E., Vice President of D&B’s Water Supply Division, Phil Sachs, P.E., D&B’s Project Manager, Stephen Laun, P.E., Project Engineer and significant contributions from Michael Sciarrillo, AIA, NCARB of D&B’s Architectural Division for their outstanding work and success on this challenging project.