Author: Lana Piskorowski
MWH Constructors will lead a pivotal project in Nevada, focusing on upgrades to the ozone equipment for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). Set to commence in the summer of 2024, this collaborative effort aims to ensure a reliable supply of clean water to the rapidly growing Las Vegas Valley. The project, involving SNWA and industry giants like CDM Smith and Parsons Corporation, is poised to make a significant impact in advancing local water treatment services.
We are excited to be able to address important water-related challenges in the region. Our joint effort aims to bring improvements and innovation to ensure a reliable water supply for these communities.
Tom Paul – Project Executive at SWNA Ozone Equipment, MWH Constructors
As we move towards construction, Tom Paul, Project Executive, shares his perspective, “Our collaboration with SNWA, CDM Smith, and Parsons has been very productive. We are excited to be able to address important water-related challenges in the region. Our joint effort aims to bring improvements and innovation to ensure a reliable water supply for these communities.”
The Ozone Equipment Upgrades Project, part of SNWA’s Major Construction and Capital Plan (MCCP), addresses the critical needs of the region’s aging water treatment infrastructure. Since 2003, ozone has been the primary disinfectant at the Alfred Merritt Smith and River Mountains Water Treatment Facilities. Now, after more than 20 years of service, the need to modernize and reduce failure risks is crucial, emphasizing the importance of this upgrade.
Ozone treatment, central to this project, uses its powerful oxidative properties to effectively purify water. The process involves generating ozone gas and infusing it into the water, where it actively oxidizes contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, and metals. This not only ensures the elimination of harmful microorganisms by killing their cells but also converts metals into filterable solids. Additionally, it addresses taste and odor issues often associated with chlorine use.
The collaboration between MWH, SNWA, CDM Smith, and Parsons is a response to current needs and a forward-thinking strategy for securing clean water for the Las Vegas community. Particularly in a region facing decades of growth and 20 years of drought, this project will ensure sustainable water resources for years to come.