Atlanta Water Supply Program Recognized as Top Water/Wastewater Project in U.S.

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This morning, the PC Construction and H. J. Russell & Company joint venture team proudly accepted a national Best of the Best Award from Engineering News-Record. The project, the Atlanta Water Supply Program, was named the Top Water/Wastewater Project in the Country for 2021. This latest award adds to the team’s growing list of global, national and regional recognition.

  • AGC Build America Award
  • CMAA Project Achievement Award
  • Global Water Award
  • ENR Southeast Best Project
  • ENR Southeast Project of the Year
  • ENR Global Best Project Award of Merit
  • ENR Best of the Best

In addition, the project has earned three sustainability certifications.

The project, which was completed during five years with a total investment of $321 million, is the largest water supply project to date in the State of Georgia. The project began with the conversion of an existing 400-foot-deep rock quarry to a 2.4-billion-gallon raw water storage system. From there, the team used a tunnel boring machine to bore and install a 5.5-mile, 10-foot-diameter tunnel. That tunnel connected the quarry to two new pumping stations and 11 deep shafts, all of which will work together to ensure residents and businesses have access to clean, safe drinking water, especially during drought conditions and emergencies. This system increased the City of Atlanta’s emergency raw water reserve from three days to more than 30 days.

Read more about this outstanding project in ENR Southeast or check out this video!