Wastewater & Stormwater Collection Systems

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Up to 70 percent of the total value of wastewater infrastructure can be invested in the collection systems.

GHD has the knowledge base and systems to tackle any wastewater transportation problem — for new systems or the upgrading of existing assets.

Having designed more than 1000 sewage pump stations and over 6000km of sewers, our industry professionals challenge conventional approaches to establish new cost-effective benchmarks.

Services:

  • Integrated urban water management
  • Strategic planning
  • Network modelling
  • Network rehabilitation
  • Gravity and vacuum sewerage schemes
  • Pump stations
  • Special structures
  • Project management
  • EPCM services
  • Overflow reduction
  • Infiltration and inflow
  • Sulphide control, minimisation and rehabilitation

For further information, contact:

Brad Rudsits
Service Line Leader, Wastewater & Stormwater Collection Systems – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +64 9 370 8388
E: Brad Rudsits


Karen Edgington
Service Line Leader, Wastewater & Stormwater Collection Systems – North America
T: +1 905 686 6402
E: Karen Edgington

91st Ave Treatment Plant

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The 91st Avenue WWTP Chlorination Improvements project involved the replacement of a 120-ton bulk chlorine system with a system consisting of 32 one-ton chlorine cylinders.  The plant has a treatment capacity exceeding 180 mgd. The existing chlorination equipment and piping was replaced while the plant was in full and normal operating condition. The plant’s treated effluent is used at the Tres Rios Wetlands and as cooling water for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

The project also involved the development and coordination of the Maintenance of Plant Operation (MOPO) procedures. The chlorination of the plant effluent had to be maintained at all times during construction. The project also included building structural, electrical, and HVAC modifications. The equipment installed included the following:

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Aerodrome Road Stormwater Upgrade

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In May 2005, floods affected the northern region of Tauranga city resulting in the inundation of many properties.  In response to the flooding, Tauranga City Council implemented a city-wide Storm Recovery Programme. A major component of the Storm Recovery Programme was the Aerodrome Road Stormwater Catchment Upgrade, which began in September 2006 with capital works forecast at $5.6 million.

The Aerodrome Road stormwater catchment is widespread, covering 26 hectares in Mount Maunganui.  The environment is particularly complex as the catchment’s drainage flowed west via open drains and pipelines between buildings on private property to the harbour at the Port of Tauranga.  As this drainage was in a developed area, the upgrade could not be realistically undertaken without disruption to existing property owners and occupiers, and at a considerable cost to ratepayers.

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American Memorial Park Visitor’s Center Saipan, CNMI

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American Memorial Park honors the American and Marianas people who gave their lives during the Marianas Campaign of World War II. As part of a design team, GHD provided civil, structural and environmental engineering services for major improvements to the park and the downtown Garapan area. The project consists of three elements: a new memorial garden, a new visitor cultural center, and improvements to the existing amphitheater.

Our team provided engineering site investigations, subsurface soils exploration, and identification of permit requirements. Site civil improvements included water and sewer utilities, parking, entrance access, walkways, and drainage. The structural design for the new visitor cultural center that is a 7,000 ft2 single-story structure included an in-house theater, as well as a fabric cover on the outdoor amphitheater.

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When water hits the road

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Managing stormwater is one of Auckland City's many activities. Auckland City aims to protect Auckland's unique and valued environment and allow for future urban growth. It is Auckland City's job to assist Auckland's residents to make sure stormwater is managed properly on their land, and to safely remove stormwater across the city.

Auckland Transport’s drainage assets consist of approximately 27,500 catchpits, 2,300 soakholes and 550 manholes within Auckland’s central city and the Hauraki Gulf islands.  The condition and performance of these structures is critical not only to the city’s wider drainage and reticulation system, but also to the efficiency, safety and reliability of the transportation network.

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Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant, Australia

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GHD played a key role in the new Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant, which is capable of producing reclaimed water of a standard suitable for irrigation.

Our team completed the process, hydraulic and civil design of the plant, in partnership with the Coffs Infrastructure Alliance, which comprised the alliance partners Abigroup, John Holland and Coffs Harbour City Council.

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Dubai JAFZA Water Utility

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GHD plays a leading role in securing Dubai’s current and future water requirements.

Our team in the Middle East has completed preliminary engineering work on the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) Utility project to provide water infrastructure to an area of 8500ha that includes the JAFZA Free Trade Zone, Technopark and downtown Jebel Ali. These precincts comprise both greenfield and existing development with industrial, commercial and residential land uses.

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Easton Wastewater Treatment Facility, USA

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GHD has helped the town of Easton in Maryland, USA, implement the first Enhanced Nutrient Removal Wastewater Treatment facility funded by the Chesapeake Bay Restoration program.

The plant was designed to meet new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System limits of 4.0 mg/l Total Nitrogen (TN) and 0.3 mg/l Total Phosphorus (TP) on an annual average basis. It serves the Town of Easton and is designed to treat an average daily flow of 4.0 mgd, expandable in the future to 6.0 mgd.

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Hughenden sewerage scheme upgrade

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Hughenden, approximately 350 km west of Townsville in North Queensland, is the main business centre for the Flinders Shire Council and home to 1200 people.

The existing Hughenden sewerage scheme was first established in the late 1940s; however, it was originally restricted to the southern side of the Flinders River. Prior to the upgrades, the southern sewerage scheme consisted of a gravity sewerage system, two pumping stations and a Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) located 600 m west of the town centre.

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Drenaje agua de mina

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Ingeniería conceptual manejo integral de aguas de drenaje de mina - Región de O'Higgins, Chile.

Codelco-Chile, División El Teniente contrató los servicios de GHD para realizar un estudio de ingeniería conceptual para el manejo de las aguas de drenaje de mina.  En este proyecto participaron en forma conjunta los equipos de las áreas de agua y medio ambiente. El objetivo principal fue implementar una solución integral y sustentable para las descargas de las aguas de drenaje de la mina con el fin de dar cumplimiento al marco regulatorio ambiental vigente. Estas descargas provienen de los aportes de aguas subterráneas, infiltraciones de aguas de deshielo y/o aguas lluvia que ingresan a la mina a través de la superficie del cráter. Luego de su paso a través de la roca y de la faena minera, cuentan con un alto contenido de metales, sulfatos y condiciones de acidez que pueden afectar al río Coya, ubicado en la Región de O'Higgins, aproximadamente 120 km al sur de Santiago. Los principales alcances considerados en el proyecto fueron: análisis de riesgos ambientales y sociales, intercepción de aguas antes de su ingreso a la mina, segregación de aguas ácidas al interior de la mina, tratamiento de aguas de drenaje de mina, transporte y recirculación de aguas de drenaje de mina, y embalse regulador de aguas de drenaje.

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Mission Beach Goes Online

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The community of Mission Beach, between Townsville and Cairns, now has a modern sewerage system after Cardwell Shire Council engaged GHD to project manage the installation of a complete sewage reticulation network and treatment plant upgrade.

The scheme involves over 32km of reticulation and collection system, 11 pump stations and 45km of rising mains, and is located in sandy, high groundwater conditions in developed residential precincts.

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Quintero 150,000-GPD Wastewater Treatment Facility (Peoria AZ)

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GHD designed this 150,000 gpd (570,000 L/d) WWTF using a sequencing batch reactor-activated sludge process, which included nitrification-denitrification to achieve a class A+ finished effluent.

Elements of design included influent flow metering, a fully enclosed duplex pump station, fine screens, first and second stage aeration for nitrification and denitrification, clarification, and aerobic digestion.  Sludge handling was accomplished through centrifuge dewatering.  Odor and noise abatement was incorporated through the total enclosure of headworks screens, aeration and clarification elements, sludge processing, air blowers, and electrical system inside a building.  The design included a bulk liquid sodium hypochlorite disinfection system for the final stage of treatment.  Finished effluent is used to irrigate golf turf.

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Replacement of Trade Waste Rising Main for SPC Ardmona

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GHD was commissioned to design and engineer a trade waste rising main replacement for the SPC Ardmona fruit processing plant in Victoria.

This pipe was to be replaced due to the degradation of the existing pipeline, excessive ground movement and pipeline failures. Goulburn Valley Water Authority will take over ownership of the main from SPC-Ardmona on successful replacement of the entire pipeline from the factory to the outfall tower.

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Rouse Hill Recycled Water Plan

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Sydney Water in partnership with Sydney Water Corporation, John Holland, Thompson Controls, and GHD delivered the $60 million Rouse Hill Recycled Water Plant – stage two amplification project. This is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest residential water recycling scheme.

Initiated in September 2006, the project doubled the capacity of the existing waste water treatment plant to 27 million litres a day and increased the recycled water capacity to 4.7 billion litres a year (this will supply 36,000 homes in the local community at project completion).

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Scorpion Bay Wastewater Treatment Facility

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The new Scorpion Bay Marina is located on the west coast of Lake Pleasant.  The marina includes more than 300 boat slips, a boat pumping station, restrooms, showers, and a restaurant.  GHD provided permitting, design, and construction services for the marina’s wastewater treatment plant.  The plant is an activated sludge facility with extended aeration and de-nitrification capability.  It also includes sand filtration, chlorination and de-chlorination, and an aerobic sludge digester.  All of the reclaimed water produced by the plant is stored in an above-ground steel reservoir and pumped through the marina’s irrigation system. 

To enable the marina to open prior to the completion of the treatment plant, GHD also designed a temporary vault and haul system that included instrumentation and controls, secondary containment, an aeration system and an odor control air scrubber.  In addition, GHD provided design and construction support for the marina’s wastewater pumping system, which uses peristaltic pumps to move flows from boats, restrooms, and the restaurant to a common wet well where they are then pumped using grinder pumps off of the marina and to the treatment facility. 

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Sewage station upgrade meets future demand

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The regional Municipality of York in Canada’s Greater Toronto Area (GTA) looked at practical measures to cope with an expected population increase, and sought to boost its sewage system to cope until the year 2051.

To meet this requirement, GHD provided assessment and design services to increase the capacity of the Leslie Street pumping station by more than 45 percent, with an additional increase of another 50 percent for the near future.

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South Caboolture Sewage Treatment Plant, Australia

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A recent upgrade to the South Caboolture Sewage Treatment Plant in Queensland is accommodating future population growth in the region and achieving higher environmental standards.  

GHD has assisted Unitywater by providing preliminary and detailed design, as well as support during the tender, construction and plant commissioning phases of the project.

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Toowoomba Regional Sewerage

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Following the amalgamation of eight local government boundaries, GHD was commissioned to develop a high-level strategy for the Toowoomba Regional Council for the planning of wastewater treatment plants and effluent reuse.

The study included a review of previous planning studies completed by the former local authorities, a population review and a look at loadings. A brief assessment of the status of the area’s existing sewage treatment plants was undertaken to determine their capacity and if they should remain as a stand-alone system or be integrated with other systems.

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Town of Westport Water Pollution Control Facility Upgrade, Westport, Connecticut USA

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GHD has provided wastewater facilities planning services and designed the recommended improvements to expand and upgrade Westport’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). The award winning design required creative facilities layout and phasing of construction to allow construction on a very limited site, and provides enhanced nitrogen removal to help restore Long Island Sound.

As part of our engagement, we performed a detailed evaluation of the unsewered areas, identified the areas in need of sewers, and defined the limits of the future sewer service area. Future sewer flows were projected, which required a doubling of capacity and upgrade of the WPCF.

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Townsville CBD utilities upgrade

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In 2014, Townsville City Council (TCC) in northern Queensland embarked on a program to upgrade a range of water and sewerage facilities in the CBD area to upgrade aging infrastructure and provide capacity for projected population growth.

With increasing development planned for Townsville’s CBD area, including multistorey residential and commercial premises, the council identified the need to upgrade the water supply and sewerage network—which in some areas is more than 60 years old—to sustain and improve service to customers.

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Washington Suburban Asset Management (Md, USA)

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The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) appointed GHD to lead the provision of asset management services in support of master planning and enterprise resource planning initiatives.

WSSC is the eighth largest water and wastewater utility in the USA, owning USD$12 billion of infrastructure assets. While instituting a range of short-term measures to combat the increasing incidence of water main breaks and leaks, WSSC is also taking a long-range strategic approach to address the growing challenge of ageing infrastructure.

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Wastewater Flow Monitoring Code of Practice

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GHD was tasked with developing an innovative wastewater flow monitoring Code of Practice (CoP) for the utility regulator in a country in the Gulf Cooperation Council in the Middle East. The challenge demanded an approach that understood the management of assets throughout their whole life cycle and considered the full data chain of the flow monitoring. The client required that GHD would both advise and instruct throughout the project.

During the project, an Abu Dhabi sector review of wastewater metering was undertaken to ensure all wastewater licensees fulfilled their statutory obligations, were behaving consistently and that all metering data produced was accurate and reliable. The scope of the development was then investigated, with the proposed content, context, key components the overall format of the code all considered.

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Wastewater Modeling, Scottsdale AZ

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As part of the City of Scottsdale’s broader water optimization program, the city turned to GHD to update its wastewater model. The objective was to reflect recent billing data and flow metering results as well as updated development plans and capital improvement projects.

GHD has a long history with the city, having designed more than 50 water projects within the region.

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WTS Werribee River Aqueduct

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Following on from GHD’s structural assessment report of the Western Trunk Sewer Werribee River Aqueduct, GHD was engaged by the Melbourne Water Corporation to assess options for rehabilitation and prepared budget cost estimates for each option.

GHD’s structural analysis quantified the consequences of long-term concrete erosion from acidic gases and enabled the client to review allowable safe flows. GHD also completed the planning and execution of a condition assessment of this critical main sewer connection, assessment of economic repair options, and concept design for a possible replacement aqueduct. GHD was engaged to carry out both inspection work and analysis in order to adequately assess the existing capacity of the Werribee River aqueduct structure that carries the Western Trunk Sewer (WTS). Given the critical nature of the aqueduct as part of the WTS, it was necessary to minimise destructive testing of the aqueduct and access into the aqueduct.

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Brad Rudsits

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Brad Rudsits is a principal engineer and project manager, who has undertaken modelling, design and project management of wastewater, stormwater and water projects.

During his 15 year career, Brad has gained valuable experience on a range of projects throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific – both as an engineering leader and senior designer having successfully managed multidisciplinary projects based both alongside and remotely from the project team. The projects have ranged from small pump station upgrades through to major rising main and tunnelled sewers.

Brad has specific skills and extensive technical expertise in design, construction requirements and operability of large diameter sewer, pump stations and trunk wastewater infrastructure.

Service Line Leader, Wastewater and Stormwater Collection Systems – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T:
+64 9 370 8388
E: Brad Rudsits

GHD Thought Leadership

Below is a selection of technical papers and presentations by members of GHD’s Wastewater Collection Systems.

2015 papers

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The GHD library is a collection of relevant resources to this service line.