Sherwin-Williams recognised several water and wastewater projects that have a compelling effect on asset protection and life-cycle improvement.
has recently announced the winners of the 2022 edition of its Water and Wastewater Impact Award, a programme recognising application contractors, specifiers and owners of North American water and wastewater projects that have a compelling effect on the industry with regard to public safety, asset protection and infrastructure life cycle improvement.
The eligible projects included any water-related structure that was new, restored and/or rehabilitated in 2021 using
coating and lining materials from the Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine division. A panel of experts independently selected the winners, evaluating entries based on various factors such as the complexity of the project, the obstacles surmounted by the participants, the solutions presented to the owner, the level of satisfaction achieved by all parties involved and the overall uniqueness of the project.
first place has been awarded to a challenging project that successfully relined a 50-year-old penstock, extending its lifespan and enabling the production of clean energy. It featured a crew of applicators and engineers from coating and specialty contractor F.D. Thomas. Facing difficult conditions, lead containment needs and steep inclines, the crew relined the 16.5-foot-diameter (5 meters) penstock – with some portions installed at a 53-degree angle.
The runner-up was a collaborative project between two public water and wastewater utilities that
installed a mile-long water main through a tunnel bored. The project fortified and added redundancy, pressure and quality to the water network of a coastal area with a growing population. More than 5,000 linear feet (1.5 km) of steel pipe coated with cross-linked layers of a fusion-bonded epoxy and abrasion resistant overcoat was inserted underground at a maximum depth of 90 feet (27 m) under a marshy wetland.
The 2022 honourable mention, on the other hand, awarded a project providing
insight into how water tank interiors can be recoated to comply with new national potable water standards. Looking to extend the life of the Norma Marshall Reservoir, a nearly 40-year-old 4.8-million-gallon aboveground steel reservoir, Rancho California Water District officials opted for a 100% solids epoxy system to replace existing polyurethane- and epoxy-based linings.
“We are proud to showcase these exceptional projects that help ensure access to clean water and the safe disposal of wastewater. The Sherwin-Williams Impact Awards exemplify how such projects demonstrate the significant efforts and unwavering commitment of our teams across the United States of America. Their creativity and dedication – and their productive relationships with contractors, specifiers and asset owners – help improve public safety and extend the lifespan of infrastructure every day and for years to come,” has stated said Paul Trautmann, the marketing director for water and wastewater of Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine.