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Catskill-Delaware Ultraviolet Disinfection Facility Recognized with 2013 National Best of the Best Award

Project wins in Water/Environment category

January 20, 2014

Catskill-Delaware ultraviolet disinfection (UV) facility has been recognized as the 2013 National Best of the Best Project in the water/environment category. CDM Smith, in a joint venture with Hazen and Sawyer, partnered with New York City Department of Environmental Protection to provide planning, design and construction phase services for the Catskill-Delaware UV facility. The project was constructed by a joint venture of Skanska, J.F. White and ECCO.

The Catskill-Delaware UV facility is the largest capacity water treatment plant in the world, and is capable of treating more than 2 billion gallons of drinking water per day for more than 9 million New York City and upstate residents. Designed to meet new and future regulatory requirements, the UV facility provides an additional layer of protection for drinking water from Cryptosporidium, an organism that can cause gastrointestinal illness.

The Catskill-Delaware water supply system conveys water from reservoirs in upstate New York through hundreds of miles of tunnels to provide 90 percent of New York City’s drinking water. Part of this world class engineering achievement, the Catskill-Delaware UV facility was built with flexibility in mind—giving future engineers the ability to enhance and modify the system to meet the needs and challenges of growth and prosperity. 

The facility has been recognized as 2013 Municipal Engineers of New York Project of the Year, 2013 Best New York Region Project Award in the water/environment category by Engineering News-Record and was one of four candidate projects for The Best NY Region Project Award. The International Ultraviolet Association has also honored the New York City Department of Environmental Protection with its UV Engineering Project of the Year Award.