LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2018) – The Lexington-Fayette Division of Water Quality won two prestigious awards last week for improving Lexington’s environment.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky awarded its 2018 Grand Award to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for its Town Branch Wet Weather Flow Storage and Pumping Station project. The 22-million gallon wet weather storage tank is an above grade, pre-stressed concrete structure that is designed to help eliminate sewer overflows during heavy periods of rain.
“The Division of Water Quality has made considerable progress towards satisfying the terms of the EPA Consent Decree, with the Town Branch wet weather storage tank being a very visible example of that,” says Dowell Hoskins-Squier, Environmental Quality and Public Works commissioner. “This was one of the largest dollar value capital projects that we have undertaken, and LFUCG is honored to have received the 2018 ACEC Grand Award.”
GRW Engineers, a Lexington-based company, was the project’s design firm.
Charlie Martin, Water Quality’s director, was awarded the Robert Lauderdale Award for Outstanding Contributions in Water Quality. The award, given by the University of Kentucky’s Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, recognized Martin for his work overseeing Lexington’s Consent Decree capital program. The massive upgrades and improvements to Lexington’s sanitary sewer system will have a dramatic impact on water quality.
The Award is named after Dr. Robert Lauderdale, who served as the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute’s director from 1964 to 1973.
“Charlie is a true public sector leader in the field of Water Quality and has contributed significantly to the progress made by LFUCG in this area,” Hoskins-Squier said.