U.S. Department of Energy South Field Extraction & Optimization, Fernald, OH
Mechanical Construction Services
DEBRA-KUEMPEL VALUE DELIVERED
DeBra-Kuempel helped restore drinkability to a 10-trillion gallon,1,050 acre aquifer, 5.8 billion gallons of which had been contaminated by nuclear waste; helped protect a major natural resource and enable it to continue supplying water to southwestern Ohio.
MECHANICAL SERVICE SCOPE OF WORK
These included mechanical installation of a new 50,000-gallon water storage tank with associated piping, as well as 12 new well pumps to pump contaminated water out of the aquifer,12,000 feet of underground high-density polyethylene pipe to carry contaminated ground water from the wells to the advanced wastewater treatment plant, and five experimental water supply injection wells for use in reintroducing newly purified water into the aquifer.
WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY BACKGROUND
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. The south field extraction and optimization project was part of the extensive decontamination work done over a number of years at this location to extract, move, hold, treat and discharge or reinject treated water.
MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES OBJECTIVES
To remove nuclear contamination from -- and restore water purity to -- the Great Miami (OH) aquifer, one of the nation's largest aquifers and a primary source of drinking water for much of this region.
MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS
To complete this mechanical construction project to client specifications, DeBra-Kuempel managed $2-million worth of subcontracts for commercial electrical, fiber optic, excavation, asphalt road, sheet metal building erection, and landscaping assignments.