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Black & Veatch to design sewer/stormwater facilities for Cincinnati


Black & Veatch (Overland Park, KS) announced that it has received a contract to design a $244 million tunnel system, pump station, and treatment facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, to help the city better manage its sewage and stormwater flows. The company said that it is currently conducting geotechnical investigations to determine the location and route of the Lower Mill Creek Tunnel, which could potentially have a diameter of 30 feet. If approved, detailed design is expected to begin in 2011, with overall project construction to be completed in 2018. According to Black & Veatch, deep tunnels like the one to be built in Cincinnati offer several advantages, including reduced energy use through reliance on gravity-based transport, the ability to hold sewer overflows until off-peak times, and minimal maintenance requirements. “Tunnel design and implementation for reducing sewer overflows is a steadily growing practice at Black & Veatch,” said Dan McCarthy, president and CEO of Black & Veatch’s global water business. “We expect this growth to continue as more cities—both large and small—work to reduce their sewer overflows.”

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