05.18.2022  |  News

Kennedy Jenks Provides Project Management / Construction Management Services for Arizona’s Innovative North Water Treatment Plant Facility Upgrades and Reconstruction Project


The North Water Treatment Plant Facility Upgrades and Reconstruction project, one of the largest public works water/wastewater projects in the state’s history, broke ground in March; work is underway.  


SAN FRANCISCO, May 17, 2022

Kennedy Jenks recently secured a multi-year, $15M contract to provide project management/construction management (PM/CM) services on the design and construction phases of the Town of Gilbert’s North Water Treatment Plant (NWTP) Facility Upgrades and Reconstruction project. The $450M project broke ground in March, and work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2027. 

The NWTP is the backbone of Gilbert’s reliable water supply, designed to provide more than 70 percent of Gilbert’s safe drinking water to its 250,000 residents.  

As demographics have shifted nationally, communities like Gilbert, Arizona have become one of the fastest growing areas in the country to live, work, and play. With rapid growth, the need for quality drinking water is equally in demand. Drought conditions in the West, and Colorado River water restrictions to states such as Arizona, are complicating factors that are forcing municipalities to invest into other water sources.  

Gilbert’s existing NWTP has prematurely deteriorated due to past inadequate construction quality management and is not equipped to treat highly variable water quality from the Verde and Salt Rivers, resulting in treatment challenges.  

Gilbert has taken a forward-thinking approach to resolve these challenges by reconstructing and expanding the plant capacity: solids handling, raw water inlet, pre-sedimentation, rapid mixing floc/sed, ozone, filtration, and granular activated carbon process units, and by repurposing existing structures following construction of the new treatment facilities.  

“Innovative and growing communities like Gilbert have their eye on managing their infrastructure for future growth,” says Keith London, President/CEO. “Kennedy Jenks is honored to be a part of this forward-looking team.”  

 This project is under a phased design and construction delivery, with a full-scale pilot treatment facility already in operation and detailed design packages in development.



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