Galveston Wastewater Treatment Plant

Galveston Wastewater Treatment Plant

When Hurricane Ike struck Galveston, Texas in 2008, it crippled the city’s infrastructure – including the wastewater treatment plant. Enter Balfour Beatty. Find out how the team restored the plant and expanded its capabilities through a brilliantly choreographed phasing plan and unique use of SBR technology.

When Hurricane Ike struck Galveston, Texas in 2008, it crippled the city’s infrastructure – including the wastewater treatment plant. Enter Balfour Beatty. Find out how the team restored the plant and expanded its capabilities through a brilliantly choreographed phasing plan and unique use of SBR technology.

Location
Galveston, TX
Client
City of Galveston
Year Completed
2017
Sector
Water
Value
$50M - $100M
Market Type
Wastewater
Services
General Contracting

When Hurricane Ike struck Galveston, Texas in 2008, the extended storm surge caused major failures through portions of the public wastewater facilities, including the 10 MGD Galveston Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Balfour Beatty was hired as the general contractor to restore the plant and expand its capabilities. The extensive reconstruction project included the demolition of the existing structures at Galveston’s main wastewater plant (primary clarifiers, blower building, aeration basins, secondary clarifiers, chlorine contact basins, chemical storage and feed buildings, RAS/WAS pump station, lab building, storage building, and generator building) and the refurbishment of two multipurpose buildings. The team replaced a lift station, installed a UV disinfection facility, which replaced the chlorine contact tank with a cleaner and more environmentally-friendly disinfection system and an intermediate pump station. The work also included construction of a grit removal system, gravity thickener, belt filter press feed pump station with a new belt press, odor control structure, and modifications to the existing headworks. The work was executed in phases to ensure the plant remained operational throughout construction.