The City of Dodge City was awarded the 2012 Kansas Public Improvement Award (PIA) for cities in the 20,000 - 49,999 population category this week. The PIA competition, which has been sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Kansas for 51 years, recognizes engineering projects for their benefit to the citizens of a community and not for engineering design.
Dodge City won for the Water Reclamation Facility with Beneficial Reuse.
“It is a great honor to receive this award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas,” stated Mayor Rick Sowers during the award presentation. “This project has proven to be a great asset to the community as we continue to meet the needs of our growing community.”
The new wastewater treatment facility has a capacity of 1.25 million gallons per day (MGD), which can easily be doubled to 2.50 MGD when development necessitates additional treatment capacity. The facility's buildings were also planned and sized in a manner that easily accommodates additional equipment. The scope of work for the facility also included a 4.3 million-gallon (MG) beneficial reuse pond, along with the pumps needed to reuse the effluent for irrigation on city-owned land.
The new Water Reclamation Facility benefits the Dodge City community in many ways including providing needed infrastructure for future growth and economic development. The extra capacity required for growth was achieved in a small footprint; 20 acres were used for the new facility as opposed to the 192 acres required for lagoons at the south plant
Another highlight of the facility, the engineering firm and general contractor completed the for $16.4 million on a $16.9 million budget which was financed through the Kansas Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund.
Most importantly, the city's beneficial reuse goals were fully realized, and its wastewater infrastructure goals were achieved. Because the beneficial reuse process conserves water, more potable water is available for citizens and businesses.
In a press release from the ACEC, the organization described Dodge City as “a rapidly-growing city of more than 27,000 people in western Kansas.” Dodge's substantial beef-packing industry, and recent addition of the casino, events center and hotel, all of which attract tourists from throughout the region, were also mentioned in the release. “With a flourishing population and thriving industrial and commercial base, it was evident the city needed to expand its wastewater system. The Dodge City Water Reclamation Facility maximized the city's infrastructure investment by meeting that need,” the ACEC said.