New Water Quality Lab Breaks Ground
Innovation is the place where new technology and big ideas collide. Loveland Water and Power broke ground on a state of the art $5M laboratory that will combine water and wastewater quality services into one location to increase reaction times when issues arise, improve safety for lab staff, and continue to improve the quality of water for the citizens of Loveland.
Although drinking water and wastewater quality are governed by separate requirements, the combination lab will service both utilities and help eliminate the need to outsource work. This new facility will be almost eight times larger than the two present outdated labs combined. The new building and the instrumentation within it will take staff out of the past and into a new millennium with cutting edge equipment that analyzes water, wastewater, and source water for numerous parameters—including lead and copper and taste and odor compounds. The lab will also include a new chemical storage facility, gas storage facility and a state-of-the-art air circulation system that is not only energy efficient but safer for employees. A new separation of lab space and office space will reduce the risk of staff exposure to hazardous materials.
LWP began this project in 2012 with an initial evaluation study. Following the completion of the initial study, HDR was selected for the final design and most recently the bid for construction was awarded to Saunders Heath. HDR and Saunders Heath were both selected for their expertise in the design and construction of state of the art laboratory facilities across the United States.
Currently the Water Quality Division has eight staff members. This new facility will have room for up to 12 staff members allowing for growth well into the future. This facility is scheduled to be completed in April of 2020.