City of Brighton Approves Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

Brighton's water treatment plant. Photo courtesy of City of Brighton.

Environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell has been approved by the City of Brighton to design improvements and expansions to the city’s drinking water treatment plants (WTPs).

Serving more than 41,000 citizens over a 27-square-mile area, the city owns and operates two WTPs; the Reverse Osmosis (RO) WTP and the Greensand WTP. As Colorado’s population continues to soar—seventh fastest-growing state per U.S. Census Bureau—so does the need for a reliable supply of safe, quality drinking water.

“To meet rising local demand and continue to provide customers with excellent service and system reliability, the city is embarking on a once-in-a-generation project to improve and expand our drinking water treatment system,” said City of Brighton Assistant Director for Utilities Brad Dallam.

As prime consultant, Brown and Caldwell is leading a multidisciplinary team to conceptualize, pilot, and design a biological denitrification treatment system, softening process, and facility expansions. These improvements will fulfill Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment compliance date requirements for RO brine discharge and accommodate Brighton’s future treatment and capacity needs while meeting water quality goals. Integrating the design into the operating plants without interrupting services is key to the project’s success. The Brown and Caldwell team includes construction manager at-risk Garney Construction, and public outreach and engagement specialists GBSM.

“The team commends Brighton’s visionary approach, and we look forward to partnering with the city to support future growth and development by delivering a project that is efficient, cost-effective, and transparent,” said Brown and Caldwell Rocky Mountain Area Leader Joe Casias.

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