CH2M HILL has won a five-year contract to manage a Berryville, Ark.-based wastewater treatment facility as that city aims to protect its water system.
The firm began operating and maintaining the city's wastewater system on Sept. 1 and has trained former city personnel now working for the firm on safety, laboratory analysis, sampling and control, maintenance and regulatory compliance, CH2M HILL said Thursday.
Elisa Speranza, president of CH2M HILL's operations management business group, said Berryville city officials aim to fulfill regulatory requirements, as well as protect public health and the environment.
CH2M HILL recently examined the Tyson chicken processing factory, which accounts for nearly 60 percent of the city's waste.
City officials and Tyson representatives agreed to revise criteria for phosphorus, biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids and other treatment process factors.
“While it is true that large industrial clients can pose challenges for any wastewater system, particularly in small communities such as Berryville, we are confident those challenges can be met by working together cooperatively,“ Speranza adds.