News | May 6, 2015

CH2M Projects Receive Prestigious Global Water Awards

CH2M is pleased to announce two of the firm’s projects received prestigious industry awards during the Global Water Awards ceremony. Presented on April 27 in Athens, Greece, by Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004), the 2015 Global Water Awards were awarded in conjunction with the Global Water Intelligence’s annual Global Water Summit and celebrate outstanding achievements in the international water industry.

The Region of Peel’s Lakeview Water Treatment Plant, located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, was named the Water Project of the Year for its 400,000 m3/d phase 2 expansion project (known as OBM2), which is part of a 12-year, $450M capital improvement program. OBM2 treats water from Lake Ontario using ozone, biologically active carbon contactors, ultraviolet disinfection and membrane ultrafiltration.

CH2M designed, permitted, and commissioned the expansion project on behalf of the Region of Peel, who was recognized for the innovative deployment of one of the world’s largest integrated ozone, biological contactors, and membrane facilities. For more than 60 years, the Region has been a pioneer in infrastructure planning, proactively accommodating significant growth in its service population.

Designed with sustainability in mind, Lakeview’s reduced footprint allowed for the preservation of green spaces and the continued use of public recreational fields. The plant avoids coagulation and allows 95% of process residuals to be returned to the Lake—largely eliminating the need for costly disposal by truck and keeping chemical deliveries to a minimum.

“The Region partnered with CH2M, suppliers and contractors to meet budget, schedule and sustainability goals for the 12-year program,” said Jeff Hennings, Manager of Capital Works for the Region of Peel, “while also delivering an industry-leading capital cost of Can$0.40 per litre per day of water treatment capacity for OBM2.”

Additionally, CH2M’s client, Hunter Water, received an Award of Distinction for Water Reuse Project of the Year, for its Kooragang Industrial Water Scheme—a groundbreaking wastewater recycling scheme, which features a 9,000 m3/d advanced water treatment plant. The plant polishes treated municipal wastewater from the Shortland wastewater treatment plant and supplies the clean water via an 8km pipeline to industrial water users on Kooragang Island, located in New South Wales, Australia.

CH2M, as part of the Hunter Treatment Alliance, with our client Hunter Water and Joint Venture Partner Lend Lease, led the concept and detailed design of the A$40M project for Hunter Water. Industrial users, like chemical company, Orica, and commercial users in need of water for power stations, dairy farms, and golf courses, are benefiting from the use of recycled water. Orica moved from being the largest consumer of water in the region to the 19th-largest. The project demonstrates Hunter Water’s commitment to sustainability and is helping to secure the lower Hunter region’s precious water resources through effective water reuse.

“Earning prestigious industry awards, like the Global Water Awards, is a testament to the outstanding accomplishments our clients are achieving,” said Greg McIntyre, CH2M Global Water Business Group President. “We are delighted to celebrate the innovative water treatment technologies and water reuse solutions, like those implemented at Lakeview and Kooragang that are truly transforming the international water industry.”

About CH2M
The world needs cleaner drinking water, shorter commute times, more reliable energy sources, resilient infrastructure and a healthier environment. CH2M was founded in Oregon nearly 70 years ago by three young engineers and their professor. The company's name is a nod to the values and hearts of its founding fathers—Cornell, Howland, Hayes and Merryfield. Through the years, CH2M has evolved from a regional engineering and consulting firm associated with first-of-a-kind projects to a global leader associated with some of the largest, best-known infrastructure programs for public and private clients. By combining capabilities from across the company, CH2M helps clients not just by addressing challenges but transforming them into exciting new opportunities to move our world forward. A global engineering firm specializing in government, industrial, infrastructure and energy projects, CH2M has 25,000 employees working in more than 50 countries and annual revenues of approximately US$6B. The firm was named Water Company of the Year at the 2012 Global Water Awards. For more information, visit, and