News | August 21, 2007

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Selects HDR For Planning Treatment Plant Expansion

Charlotte, NC — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities recently selected HDR to conduct planning and preliminary design of the expansion of the Sugar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant from a permitted capacity of 20 million gallons per day (mgd) to 28 mgd, with provisions to expand to 34 mgd or more in the near future. The capacity upgrade will help meet the wastewater treatment needs of a growing community for years to come. Originally built in 1927, the award-winning Sugar Creek plant has undergone several upgrades and expansions.

Goals for this expansion project include developing a master plan for the Sugar Creek site to ensure an optimum balance among the need for future wastewater treatment facilities and incorporation of sustainable design initiatives.

The upgrade will be one of the largest water/sewer projects ever undertaken by Charlotte-Mecklenburg, with an estimated cost of $90 million. Proposed improvements are currently scheduled to be online in 2012.

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