City of Brady Water Treatment Plant and Radium Reduction Project

CLIENT: City of Brady

eHT provided project management, application assistance, water quality analysis, facility condition, capacity and performance assessments of the existing WTP facility, transmission system and well production sites, full-scale and pilot-scale testing and process design for the project funded through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs and included evaluation of both non-regenerable IX and HMO radionuclide reduction technologies, restoration of the City’s existing membrane filtration and RO desalination WTP facility, with the goal of ultimately installing a new 3 MGD IX or HMO based (designed for both options with procurement planned in 2018) radionuclide reduction treatment system at the City’s existing WTP site, as well as improvements to the City’s existing desalination facility to allow for balanced use of surface water and/or groundwater to meet daily water demands while balancing resources. The project also included new elevated storage tank improvements, clearwell improvements, well production, storage and transmission improvements, and the construction of a new SCADA control system designed to support both current water needs while being expandable in the future to incorporate wastewater, electrical, and gas SCADA requirements. The project addressed TCEQ violations for Combined Radium and Gross Alpha Particles and included the approach of both pilot-scale and full-scale pilot testing approaches to reduce overall implementation costs for the City, including coordination with the City of San Angelo to utilize San Angelo’s pilot data for potential use of an IX based radionuclide reduction technology.

Total project cost was $34 million with $20.5 million in loan forgiveness via EDAP and DWSRF and 0% interest, resulting in a total financial savings of $25 million. Despite the pandemic and supply issues, the project met the projected schedule and project budget.