Insight on Washington Aqueduct Upcoming CIP

The ACEC/MW Water Infrastructure's Outreach Subcommittee shares insights gained from a recent meeting with the USACE Washington Aqueduct.
ACEC/MW's Water Infrastructure Committee held a partnering session with representatives of the Washington Aqueduct on March 8, 2022.  We thank Mr. Rudy Chow, PE, Washington Aqueduct General Manager, Ms. Hanif Drzal, PE, Interim Branch Chief, and the rest of the Washington Aqueduct team for their participation and continued cooperation with ACEC.

Mr. Chow began the virtual event by providing an overview of the USACE Baltimore District, focusing on Washington Aqueduct and its water treatment facilities and maintenance needs. Washington Aqueduct strives to be a leader in the water treatment and supply industry by employing technology, highly skilled and trained personnel, creative solutions, and reliable processes.

An overview of current operations including the active design, ongoing construction, and project planning and programming initiatives was presented. The Washington Aqueduct Capital Improvement Program (CIP) was discussed in some detail, pertaining to upcoming design, construction, and maintenance projects. 



The following full-service A/E contracts were discussed:
  • Infrastructure Assessment and Redesign 
  • Production of Planning Documents 
  • Emergency Assessment and Repair 
  • Facilities Upgrades and Rehabilitation 
  • SCADA Upgrades. 
With a projected need of $400 million and current funding/resource constraints, Washington Aqueduct will adopt an Asset Management-driven CIP. By better understanding the risk of failures and holistically reviewing the system requirements, funding will be prioritized to the most impactful and urgent projects. This new integrated CIP prioritization will be coupled with a proactive acquisition strategy.  

The current A/E IDIQ Contracts amounting to $13 million will expire in the Fall of 2022. The existing IDIQ Contracts are 5-year Contracts awarded to both Small and Unrestricted Businesses. The current solicitation is for combined multiple awards of up to $35 million dollars. This solicitation is active and can be found on the U.S. General Services Administration Federal Government computer system.  

Washington Aqueduct has implemented Strategic Initiatives towards modernization and resilience of its raw water source and is expected to participate in regional master planning process. This future resilience will look to explore options to augment future structural, operations, and treatment opportunities.

Outreach Subcommittee is Back! 
As the new ACEC/MW Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chairs, Monty Simon of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. (JMT) and Qamar Kazmi PE of Reliance Engineers, LLC, look forward to expanding the reach of ACEC/MW and making it an interactive experience for all. Be on the lookout for worthwhile opportunities to grow ACEC/MW and increase visibility to our Water Infrastructure industry partners. If you have any questions or would like to become part of the Outreach Subcommittee, please do not hesitate to reach out to Monty or Qamar! 


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