North Texas Water District Pipeline Earns Envision Platinum

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July 22, 2016
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Tarrant Regional Water District Integrated Pipeline Project, a 150-mile long water transmission system being built by two North Texas water suppliers, recently received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision Platinum Award, the rating system’s the highest level of achievement.

The pipeline helps to meet water demands in rapidly growing Tarrant, Dallas, and surrounding counties. It extends from Lake Palestine in East Texas to Lake Benbrook just south of Fort Worth. By sharing resources, TRWD and the City of Dallas will save an estimated $500 million in capital expenses and potentially more than $1 billion over the life of the project.

The pipeline project is the 14th infrastructure project to achieve an Envision designation from ISI, an organization cofounded by ASCE in 2011.

“We are very pleased that the Integrated Pipeline Project has received this Platinum recognition from the ISI,” said Rachel Ickert, TRWD’s water resources engineering director. “Sustainability is a mindset. It’s who we are and how we approach projects and operations. It’s about doing the right projects and doing them the right way considering life-cycle costs, the communities we serve, and the environment.”

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“This project represents the first regional water supply partnership of this scale in Texas, and goes beyond cooperation to planning, implementation, and sharing of assets,” said Bertera. “Their leadership in these sustainable areas sets a high level of infrastructure precedence and so is well deserving of the Platinum award level.”

The ISI Envision rating system measures sustainable infrastructure projects in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk. Engineers can receive an Envision Sustainability Professional credential (ENV SP) certifying their expertise in applying the rating system to projects.

Learn more about Envision and ISI at sustainableinfrastructure.org.

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