City of Fayetteville Wins ADEQ’s TECHe Award
May 4, 2018
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) recognized the state’s top environmental stewards during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Little Rock April 24, where Governor Asa Hutchinson celebrated key conservation and sustainability practices by private businesses, farmers and other organizations across the Natural State.
Amid a record number of nominations, the City of Fayetteville was awarded the 2018 TECHe Award, which honors innovative uses of technology that break new ground in protecting resources or improve the environment by going beyond traditional approaches or outcomes. The city took home top prize for its role in implementing BlueInGreen’s HyDOZ® ozone dissolution system at the Paul R. Noland Water Resource Recovery Facility.
“No one cares more about their lands and the conservation efforts and being good stewards than the owner of the land themselves,” Hutchinson said. “I want to compliment ADEQ Director (Becky Keogh) and her leadership in carrying out my mandate for the administration, which is a partnership relationship that we have with the private sector, business and community. It is not a punitive approach – but it is partnership approach that we have.”
While piloting the HyDOZ® in the summer of 2012, the system used less energy and reduced nearly twice as many contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) as the previous ultraviolet (UV) system. BlueInGreen’s oxidation solution removed over half of the contaminants to below detection limits, causing the City of Fayetteville and CH2M – now Jacobs – to install a full-scale HyDOZ® system. The City of Fayetteville celebrated start-up of the HyDOZ® at a public ribbon-cutting ceremony in June 2017.
“We are winners here in Arkansas for your successes and your awesome accomplishments as we advance awareness and effectiveness of our environmental and energy programs in Arkansas,” Keogh said.
With the HyDOZ® system, the footprint of the city's ozone contactor basin and associated equipment was minimized, decreasing the project’s overall cost. The controlled delivery and efficient transfer of ozone into the water stream significantly lowers operating costs. Additionally, generating ozone on site eliminates the costs and safety issues associated with trucking chemicals on the city's roads and highways.
“On behalf of our entire team, I'd like to congratulate the City of Fayetteville on winning the ADEQ TECHe Award,” said CEO & President Chris Milligan, PE. “It's a testament to the city, as well as its residents, for continuing to recognize the importance of water quality. At BlueInGreen, we’re not only honored to work alongside such a forward-thinking municipality like Fayetteville, we’re also proud to call it home.”