Cottage Grove Receives Awards from ACEC/MN and CEAM for Interim Water Treatment Facilities

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Ryan Burfeind, Assistant City Engineer, rburfeind@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2899

Cottage Grove Receives Awards from ACEC/MN and CEAM for Interim Water Treatment Facilities

Cottage Grove, MN – Feb. 12, 2018 – The City of Cottage Grove received an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies – MN Chapter (ACEC/MN) and the City Engineers Association Minnesota (CEAM) Project of the Year – Special Recognition for its temporary treatment facilities at Well 3 and Well 10. The awards were presented to the City in January at the organizations’ respective conferences.

The ACEC/MN award criteria included an innovative application of new or existing techniques, future value to the engineering profession, and complexity. The CEAM award criteria included the public benefit and service nature of the project, the construction management scheduling and control techniques, the unusual accomplishments given adverse conditions, and the safety performance and overall safety program.

Assistant City Engineer Ryan Burfeind presented the awards to the City Council on Feb. 7.

In May 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health issued new, lower health based recommendations for two industrial chemicals, and established a hazard index related to the accumulative concentrations of PFS found in drinking water. As a result, eight of the City’s 11 wells exceeded the new established hazard index values and only used three wells to provide water for the community to ensure full compliance with the new standards, requiring a ban on outdoor water use. To resolve the City’s water quality concerns until a permanent solution could be developed, temporary carbon filtration systems on Well 10 and Well 3 were designed and substantially completed by August. A project like this would normally take 18 to 24 months but the City was able to complete the work in only 11 weeks, lessening the negative impacts to residents.