Dothan City Commission Approves Multimillion Dollar Contract for Wastewater System Improvements

May 23, 2013

DOTHAN, Ala. – In September 2012, the Dothan City Commission unanimously approved a multimillion dollar contract with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. (BWSC), and as a sub-contractor, Woolpert Inc., to provide comprehensive program management services for the multi-year wastewater system improvements program, dubbed the Dothan Clean Waters Program.

The program was established to help the City of Dothan comply with an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) issued by the USEPA’s Region 4.  The Order required development of CMOM specific programs, an information management system, and a capacity assurance program all of which were targeted to help Dothan reduce its occurrences of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). As part of the AOC, the city will also develop specific Capacity, Management, Operation and Maintenance (CMOM) Programs, which includes an Information Management Systems (IMS) Program. When implemented, the IMS, using Azteca’s Cityworks software, will be a tool to facilitate the capacity assurance, management, operations and maintenance of the system, all of which are major components of the city’s AOC.

As the largest engineering project the City has ever embarked on, this effort will result in more efficient operation and maintenance of the City’s wastewater infrastructure and proactively identify additional areas for improvement. The City has embraced the program and has begun working diligently on all phases of the Order’s requirements.

“The team of Barge Waggoner and Woolpert provides Dothan with a collaborative group that complements each other’s strengths,” comments Barney Fullington, Director of Barge Waggoner’s Water Services Business Unit. “We are using that synergy to make the Dothan Clean Waters Program a success.”  Barge Waggoner’s Water Services group specializes in helping communities improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.

Woolpert is a leader in wastewater collection system data gathering and analysis as well as in the implementation of information management systems for wastewater utilities, both of which are significant efforts required by the Order.

“We are excited to join Barge Waggoner on this contract to help the City achieve its goal of improving water quality for Dothan citizens,” said Flint Holbrook, Woolpert Senior Vice President.

About Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.

Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., is an employee-owned professional services firm and provides services from conception to completion that includes engineers, architects, landscape architects, and surveyors employed in Tennessee, Alabama and Ohio. Celebrating more than 55 years of award-winning service, Barge Waggoner has consistently ranked inside the top 200 multidisciplinary firms in the nation by Engineering News Record. Visit Barge Waggoner’s website for more information:

About Woolpert

Woolpert, ranked by Engineering News-Record as a top national design firm, provides professional design, geospatial and infrastructure services to clients in the public and private sectors. Founded in 1911, Woolpert’s innovative design approach and commitment to the creative application of technology have grown the firm into a leader in the consulting industry. With more than 600 professionals in 22 offices located throughout the U.S., Woolpert’s collaborative and multidisciplinary approach is driven by great people, great clients and great projects. For more information on Woolpert, visit Woolpert’s website. For insight on industry trends and emerging topics, visit our Thought Leaders blog.