ACEC/MA Announces Tata & Howard, Inc. as a winner of Bronze Engineering Excellence Award for their work on the Home Farm Water Treatment Plant

ACEC/MA Announces Tata & Howard, Inc. as a winner of Bronze Engineering Excellence Award for their work on the Home Farm Water Treatment Plant

MARLBOROUGH AND SHREWSBURY, MA –SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named Tata & Howard, Inc. as a winner of their 2020 Bronze Engineering Excellence Award for their work on the new Home Farm Water Treatment Plant in Shrewsbury, MA.

The 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards were recently announced and will be celebrated at the 2021 ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala. The awards celebrate innovation, ingenuity, and excellence in engineering achievement.

Tata & Howard, Inc. provided lead engineering services for the design and construction administration of the new 7.0 mgd Home Farm Water Treatment Plant in Shrewsbury, MA. The new plant, which replaced an aging facility built in 1989, provides the Town with the ability to treat more water, remove elevated levels of manganese, and produce stable water quality. The project reached Substantial Completion on schedule and was completed within budget. The plant is the largest biological pressure filtration facility in the northeast United States.

Founded in 1992, Tata & Howard, Inc. is a 100% employee-owned water, wastewater, and stormwater consulting engineering firm dedicated to consistently delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions in the water environment. Tata & Howard has gained a solid reputation as an industry leader in the Northeast by bringing knowledge, integrity, and dedicated service to all-sized markets, both public and private. The firm has offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.tataandhoward.com.

“The Engineering Excellence Awards program recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value and ingenuity,” said Jenn Howe, President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts and Principal and Vice President at SMMA, Symmes Maini & McKee Associates. “Entrants are rated by an independent panel of judges from the architectural community, the construction industry, academia, the media, and the public sector on the basis of uniqueness and originality; future value to the profession and perception by the public; social, economic and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of the client/owner’s need, including schedule and budget. We congratulate them and thank them for their contributions to improving the quality of our everyday lives.”

About ACEC/MA
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island engineering industry, representing over 120 independent engineering companies engaged in the development of transportation, environmental, industrial, and other infrastructure. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boston, MA, ACEC/MA is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, DC.  ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations. For more information on ACEC/MA, visit their website at www.acecma.org. ACEC/MA is undertaking an awareness campaign to educate the public on the many contributions engineers make (or the engineering innovations) in everyday life through their hash tag #EngineeringGoFigure. To Follow us on Twitter:  @ACECMA

 

2020 Engineering Excellence Award

2020 Engineering Excellence Award – Bronze Winner

Tata & Howard, Inc. is pleased announce the Shrewsbury, MA Home Farm Water Treatment Plant as a Bronze winner for the 2020 American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts’ (ACEC/MA) 2020 Engineering Excellence Award.

Tata & Howard evaluated various treatment options for design and construction of a water treatment facility based on loading rates, removal efficiencies, and estimated costs for removal of manganese. Manganese levels of the Home Farm Wells in Shrewsbury, MA had exceeded MassDEP’s Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level (SMCL) of 0.05 mg/L and the Office of Research and Standards Guidelines (ORSG) Lifetime Health Advisory limit of 0.3 mg/l. Based on the result of pilot testing, Tata & Howard, Inc. recommended biological pressure filtration for removal of iron and manganese.

Tata & Howard, Inc. provided lead engineering services for the design, permitting, funding assistance, bidding, award, construction administration, and resident project representation of a new 7.0 million gallons per day (mgd) Home Farm Water Treatment Plant to replace the existing treatment facility, which did not have processes to remove manganese.

The Water Treatment Plant focuses around biological pressure filtration processes for manganese removal using naturally occurring groundwater microorganisms with minimal chemical addition. Biological pressure filtration offers higher loading rates than conventional catalytic media for iron and manganese removal.

The Home Farm Water Treatment Plant is the largest biological pressure filtration facility in the northeast United States. The Home Farm Water Treatment Plant cost $14,900,000 inclusive of engineering and contingencies, of which approximately $1.2 million was for the biological filters.

Winning ACEC Engineering Excellence Award projects exemplify ingenuity and professionalism and represent the breadth of engineering’s contributions to our everyday lives. Projects display outstanding examples of how engineers connect communities, provide safe and reliable water and energy, and make buildings safe and efficient.

Rhonda Harris Receives WEAT Lifetime Achievement Award

Rhonda Harris Receives WEAT Lifetime Achievement Award

T&H Vice President recognized by Water Environment Association of Texas for contributions to the water environment

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Rhonda Harris (l) receives the WEAT Lifetime Achievement Award from Jenny Hartfelder, President-Elect of the Water Environment Federation (r)

Tata & Howard is pleased to announce that Vice President Rhonda E. Harris, P.E., MBA, WEF Fellow, was awarded the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) Lifetime Achievement Award during the awards luncheon at Texas Water 2017 held at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX on April 11, 2017. This prestigious award recognizes and honors an individual who has demonstrated continual and tireless contributions toward the improvement of the water environment throughout a long and distinguished career in the wastewater treatment industry and in WEAT and WEF. The award goes to a person of proven preeminence in WEAT activities and who has held positions of leadership in the WEAT organization.

“Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from WEAT is truly an honor,” stated Ms. Harris. “WEAT has demonstrated a longstanding dedication to the protection of the water environment as well as support and commitment to water environment professionals. My time and experience with the organization has been a true pleasure, and I am humbled by their recognition. I look forward to many more years with this incredible organization.”

About Rhonda Harris

Rhonda Harris has over 40 years of experience in managing and administering a variety of facilities and programs in the water environment industry. Ms. Harris is a licensed Texas Class “A” Water and Class “A” Wastewater Operator, and an approved operations trainer in Texas. Her experience includes development and implementation of technical training programs for operations personnel, and authoring and implementation of regulations/rules for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has extensive experience in design, construction, management, and management consulting for public and private water sector, worldwide.

Ms. Harris joined the Water Pollution Control Federation and the Texas Water Pollution Control Association in 1982, while still a student at the University of Texas at Arlington. She was on the steering committee to create the North Texas Section of TWPCA in 1983 and was active in getting the section approved at the WPCF meeting in 1984 in New Orleans. She became the membership chair for TWPCA in 1985 and was elected a director representing TWPCA on the WPCF Board of Directors in 1989. She served on the board through the name change process to the Water Environment Federation and the Water Environment Association of Texas. She served on the WEF Executive Committee (now called the Board of Trustees) from 1992 to 1993.

In 1994, Rhonda was elected vice president of WEAT and served as president from 1996 to 1997. She was a leader on the original cask force that created the Texas Water conference, which is now the largest regional water conference in North America. She served as exhibits chair from 2003 to 2013, during a period of extreme growth for the conference exhibits. Rhonda was also elected vice president of WEF in 1996 while serving as president of WEAT. She served as president of WEF from 1998 to 1999. As past president, she was instrumental in creating the Water Associations Worldwide, an international forum of the major global water associations, and served as its convener for the first three years of its ten year existence. Rhonda was elected as a member of the International Water Academy, a forum of the top 500 water professionals worldwide, in 2000. In 2001, she received an Honorary Membership in the American Waterworks Association. She served as the chair of the Executive Committee for IWRN from 2008 through 2012, and is still a member emeritus on the Board.

Currently, Rhonda is a director on the Board of the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP), a provincially funded organization in the province of Ontario, Canada, to assist new water technologies to market. In addition, she serves on the Board of Advisors for the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. With 35 years of active membership in WEF and WEAT, she continues to actively mentor young professionals in the water sector.

Tata & Howard of Marlborough Honored by the New England Water Works Association

Tata & Howard of Marlborough Honored by the New England Water Works Association

HOLLISTON – Tata & Howard Inc. of Marlborough received the 2015 Sponsor of the Year Award from the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), the region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals.

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Associate Paul E. Cote, P.E., pictured center, accepts the award for Sponsor of the Year at the NEWWA Annual Conference on September 20, 2015.

“This award recognizes Tata & Howard’s significant, long-term support of the association through the volunteer services of employees, participation in committees and programs, financial support of various activities, and major contributions to fund-raisers,” said Raymond J. Raposa, NEWWA executive director.

Tata & Howard is a specialized water, wastewater, stormwater, and environmental services consulting engineering firm dedicated to consistently delivering cost-effective, innovative project solutions. Tata & Howard provides a full range of environmental engineering services, including reports, design, construction administration, and resident observation. Their targeted expertise includes hydraulic modeling, asset management, treatment, water supply and distribution, stormwater management, wastewater collection systems, funding assistance, permitting, and dam engineering.

This year the firm was a Gold level annual sponsor of the association’s major events. Tata & Howard has been sponsor of the Annual Golf Classic since its inception in 1993. The firm has supported NEWWA’s publications through advertising in the Source Newsletter, Member Roster, and the Journal. The firm has also been a consecutive Spring Conference exhibitor.

A member of New England Water Works Association since 2004, a high percentage of Tata & Howard employees have held leadership positions and served on NEWWA Committees. Thomas R. Morgan, P.E., BCEE, Client Service Specialist, is chair of the Innovations Committee, member of the Program Committee, and a winner of the prestigious Fuller Award. Vice President Karen L. Gracey, P.E., is also a member of the Program Committee.

The award was accepted by Vice President and National Director of Business Practices James J. Courchaine, Associate Paul E. Cote, and Thomas R. Morgan on September 20 at NEWWA’s 2015 Annual Conference.

The New England Water Works Association is a nonprofit, independent, member-driven organization dedicated to serving the region’s water works professionals and the public interest. It is the oldest and most active regional water works association in the United States. For more than a century, NEWWA has worked to improve and sustain public water supplies, protect public health and safety, and advance the water supply profession. Visit us at newwa.org.

Donald J. Tata, P.E., and Tata & Howard Receive Awards from MWWA

DJT and PBH MWWA awards 11.13Donald J. Tata, P.E., and Tata & Howard Receive Awards from MWWA

On November 8, Don received the prestigious William H. McGinness Award at the MWWA Dinner. The award is given to an affiliate member whose knowledge and contributions to the profession merit recognition. Tata & Howard also received the Presidential Award for sponsorship supporting MWWA’s initiatives, programs, and events.