May 12, 2022
Jodi Wallin, SPRWS Marketing & PR Manager
Saint Paul Regional Water Services Celebrates Groundbreaking for the McCarrons Plant Project
The improvements in infrastructure and technology are necessary to continue SPRWS' legacy of protecting public health today and well into the future.
St. Paul, MN – Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS), today celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the McCarrons Water Treatment Plant (WTP), where improvements to ensure long-term drinking water quality and reliability are now officially under construction.
Jacobs is delivering the $250 million capital improvement project under a progressive design-build contract with construction partners PCL Construction and Magney Construction. Brown and Caldwell along with Stantec are serving as owner’s advisors. The improvements consist of new facilities for lime softening, recarbonation and ozonation, which will increase reliability while improving water quality, solids handling and process efficiency.
“For more than a century, the McCarrons Water Treatment Plant has served the St. Paul area well, producing safe, high-quality drinking water,” said SPRWS General Manager Patrick Shea. “With more stringent regulations and the challenge of meeting the needs of a growing community, upgrading our water infrastructure reaffirms our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of public health today and well into the future.”
SPRWS opted to proactively undertake improvements at the 100-year-old McCarrons WTP – its largest capital improvement project to date – in order to maintain its industry-leading reputation for the delivery of high-quality drinking water to 450,000 customers. The McCarrons WTP was the first treatment plant in Minnesota to receive the prestigious President’s Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.
Site preparation and demolition work is now commencing ahead of the new water treatment facilities being constructed beginning later in 2022. The improved WTP is scheduled to is scheduled for completion in 2026.