Hopewell Water Renewal Nitrogen Reduction Project Receives Grand Award

June 8, 2018



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Herbert Bragg (804) 541-2270

Director, Intergovernmental & Public Affairs

Release Number: 3/2/18-001


L to R:  Jim and Janet Chastain, Heyward, Inc., Claire and Mark Haley, Former Hopewell City Manager, Jeanie Grandstaff, Director, Hopewell Water Renewal, and Bill and Marian M’Coy, HDR, attended American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia award ceremony at the Hotel Jefferson.


Hopewell Water Renewal Nitrogen Reduction Project Receives American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia Grand Award

HOPEWELL, VA – The Hopewell Phase 2 nitrogen reduction project has earned a Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia and will advance to the organization’s national competition, held in April.

Wastewater solutions are never textbook in Hopewell, where an incredible 85 percent of wastewater comes from industrial sources. After a 2012 Phase 1 Project, which separated domestic flow from industrial flow, Phase 2 reduces the total nitrogen discharged into the

James River, a primary tributary to the nationally treasured and ecologically critical Chesapeake Bay. The unique solution used on this project was to remove nitrogen from a segregated flow combining domestic and a portion of the industrial flows using a moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR).

By only treating this segregated stream, the wastewater temperature could be kept below the threshold for biological nitrogen removal, avoiding the high cost of wastewater cooling and tertiary treatment.

Following nitrogen removal treatment, the segregated flow is blended with the high temperature industrial flow to lower overall temperatures required for further secondary treatment. In addition, the wastewater disinfection process was moved to the MBBR effluent, which reduces the amount of chlorine used — saving nearly $500,000 annually by day one, and growing to nearly $1 million in annual savings by 2040.

The Phase 2 improvements also provide the needed treatment capacity for the city’s growing manufacturing industry, which currently contributes $1.6 billion in economic output to the region.

Completed four months ahead of schedule and $14 million under budget, this Hopewell Water Renewal project will allow the Chesapeake Bay to remain America’s l

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