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The ‘Sustain it or Explain it’ toolkit is a communication, advocacy, and outreach toolkit created by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) to spread Envision sustainability awareness. Working closely with a task force comprised of civil engineers and sustainability experts in America and Canada, ISI seeks to advocate and inform lawmakers, the a/e/c industry, the public, and the media about the importance of building sustainable, resilient, and equitable civil infrastructure, with the Envision sustainability framework and rating system as the vehicle for that purpose.

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Denver Water’s Northwater Treatment Plant Earns Envision Gold Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 9, 2020 –

Denver Water’s Northwater Treatment Plant (NTP) is the most recent recipient of the Envision Gold award for sustainable infrastructure, bestowed by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

CDM Smith teamed with Jacobs as the Owner’s Representative to validate the project’s sustainability achievement, along with Kiewit, the Construction Manager-at-Risk.

The NTP will become the fourth potable water treatment plant in Denver Water’s system. It is a new 75 million gallons per day (MGD) state-of-the-art facility that will supplement Denver Water’s aging Moffat Water Treatment Plant.

This approach allows Denver Water to reduce Moffat’s capacity, which will extend its useful life for two more decades while also providing Denver Water with additional operational flexibility, with four drinking water treatment plants instead of three. It saves the utility between $60 and $80 million compared to what it would have cost to replace the aging Moffat facility, as well as providing the ability to expand when needed in the future.

The $400 million NTP is situated on 100 acres of Denver Water’s existing Ralston Reservoir property north of Golden in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado. The NTP will include seven primary buildings and multiple auxiliary facilities including tanks, clearwells, pump stations and vaults. Construction is expected to be completed in 2024.