SD1 receives Environmental Initiative of the Year Award for Western Regional Conveyance Tunnel Project

12/11/2012 - At the 2012 New Civil Engineer (NCE) International Tunneling Awards ceremony on Nov. 29 in Toronto, Canada, SD1 was awarded Environmental Initiative of the Year for their $110 million Western Regional Conveyance Tunnel Project.  

The award ceremony celebrates the most successful and innovative tunneling projects and companies in the global tunneling industry and was sponsored by New Civil Engineer, Ground Engineering, the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES) and the Tunneling Association of Canada (TAC).

Environmental Initiative of the Year is awarded to projects in the tunneling industry that allow a company, project or series of projects to provide their customers or clients with improved performance in respect to sustainability, the environment or carbon reduction. This award was bestowed upon SD1’s Western Regional Conveyance Tunnel Project over two other internationally-recognized tunneling projects, including construction of an underwater gas transmission pipeline across Singapore’s West Jurong Channel. 

“The fact that SD1 has been internationally recognized for our efforts to protect the community’s water resources is obviously a great honor,” said David Rager, Executive Director at SD1. “It is always SD1’s goal to provide the most efficient and effective services possible while upholding our pledge to protect the health of the public and the environment.” 

At 32,610 feet long and 8.5 feet in diameter, the Western Regional Conveyance Tunnel is the largest capital project in SD1’s history. The tunnel carries sewage from customers in Boone and Kenton Counties by gravity to SD1’s newest wastewater treatment plant, Western Regional Water Reclamation Facility. It also provides 14 million gallons of storage capacity, paving the way for future population growth and drastically reducing the amount of sanitary sewer overflows in which, during heavy rains, raw sewage spills out into streets, yards and local streams, threatening the health of the community and the environment. In addition, the tunnel’s energy-saving gravity design has allowed for the elimination of 14 older pump stations, improving system efficiency and reducing facility maintenance costs. 

“SD1 is committed to providing our customers with safe and efficient services,” said Rager. “The Western Regional Tunnel project will prevent nearly 60 million gallons of sewage annually from contaminating local streams and communities with harmful bacteria and other pathogens.” 

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