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East Water Treatment Plant Project Receives Envision Award for Sustainable Infrastructure

(August 29, 2017)  The “Boynton Beach Ion Exchange Resin Plant and East Water Treatment Upgrades” project received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Bronze award. The award recognizes the City’s project for its environmental, social, and economic benefits. Nationally, this is one of only four Envision water treatment plant awards granted this year, and the first ever to be granted in Florida.  

The upgraded Boynton Beach East Water Treatment Plant processes 24 million gallons of water per day to support the potable water needs of a growing population and a thriving business community for decades to come. The project protects the local environment and drinking water supply by avoiding saltwater intrusion, and diversifies water sources to reduce dependence on the surficial aquifer. The plant is now equipped with a state-of-the-art MIEX© water pretreatment system that removes organic compounds and color from the water while reducing chemical use. Other improvements to the plant include filter valve replacements, replacement of high-service pumps with premium efficiency pumps and motors, improved stormwater management, modifications to the disinfection system, upgraded security features, and a new three-million gallon water storage tank.

The project also includes a public art installation designed to create a connection between visitors to the facility and the facility itself. This art installation includes a pavilion with water fountain for visitors to the park located adjacent to the plant, and a pixelated glass mural illuminated by LED light fixtures programmed to suggest the movement of water.

“The upgraded plant ensures that we will meet the growing demands of our water service area while reducing energy use and operating costs. This award-winning project contributes to our vision of making the City of Boynton Beach a leader in sustainability and resilience,” said Colin Groff, Assistant City Manager of the City of Boynton Beach.

The City of Boynton Beach has developed a Climate Action Plan, conducted a Greenhouse Gas Inventory for City Operations, and implemented a Green Task Force responsible for overseeing sustainability initiatives for the community. The mayor of Boynton Beach is also a signatory to the Mayor’s Climate Action Pledge, making the city a key partner in the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact.

The $30.8 million dollar project was managed locally by CDM Smith of Boca Raton and the Carollo Design Build Group of Lake Worth, Florida. The City of Boynton Beach also collaborated with other firms to deliver this award-winning sustainable infrastructure project, including The Merchant Strategy, PCL, AW Architects, Tierra South Florida, Engenuity Group, Cooper Construction Management & Consulting, and DCR Engineering Services.

To learn more about the City of Boynton Beach’s Ion Exchange Resin Plant and East Water Treatment Plant Upgrades project, please visit