NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory logoIn Spring 2017, Civiltec was contracted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to design and build a new water treatment plant to address groundwater beneath the facility. The JPL has reached out with an opportunity to construct a new well on its eastside parking lot. Civiltec will be working with Tidewater, Inc. to deliver this new project.

The new well, known as an Explorer Well, will be constructed to a depth of 675 feet. The well will have a pumping capacity of 1,600 gallons per minute (gpm) and will be connected to an existing pipeline that ultimately discharges into the Monk Hill Treatment System.

For this project, Civiltec will partner with Tidewater, a global solutions provider with experience in construction, environmental projects, and more. Civiltec worked with Tidewater on JPL’s previous water treatment plant project.

The team will work together to construct the Explorer Well, as well as modify the Behner Water Treatment Plant (WTP). The new treatment equipment sites at the Behner WTP will include Ion Exchange (IX) and Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) treatment vessels. The IX will remove perchlorate while the GAC will treat carbon tetrachloride and remove contaminants such as trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethene.

The project scope additionally involves the design of various pipes, connecting the pumps to the waste and raw water, then to pipelines at each of the wells at the JPL including the Explorer Well. The water will then be discharged into the Behner WTP and the Monk Hill Treatment System facility.

Shem Hawes will serve as the Principal-in-Charge for this project, with Bed Dawadi leading the team’s analysis and design efforts as Project Manager. Charlie Devine and additional staff members will support their efforts as needed.

Civiltec kicked off this project in August 2017. Final plans and specifications are scheduled to be completed in May 2018.