Pictured from left to right accepting Project of the Year Award from New York Section of the American Water Works Association: Allan Gates, National Sales Manager for Trojan UV (equipment used on project); Philip Carlucci, President of Philip Ross Industries (Contractor on Project); Steven A. Fangmann, P.E., President of D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C.; and Cinar Akman, GA Fleet Associates (Vendor Representative for Trojan UV).


Woodbury, N.Y. — D&B Engineers and Architects President Steven Fangmann, P.E. recently accepted the Project of the Year Award from the New York Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The project team received the award for designing and building the first Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) system for the treatment of the emerging contaminant 1,4 -dioxane in drinking water in New York State. The team worked together to design the mechanical process piping and structural concrete supports for the UV-hydrogen peroxide AOP system. The full-scale Trojan UV system was designed and implemented to provide treatment for 1,4-dioxane in a 1,200 gpm production well.

Exposure to 1,4-dioxane which is used as a solvent and in other commercial applications, can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys, and is a recognized carcinogen.

“The problem of 1,4-dioxane contamination of drinking water is growing across the nation,” commented Fangmann. “At D&B we are dedicated to working with our public-sector clients and committed to ensuring that all of our public projects achieve the goal of protecting the public. This Project of the Year Award is a perfect example of how we work collaborative with government and private sector partners to improve and ensure the future quality of drinking water in Suffolk County and New York State.”

Fangmann further noted that this shared award was achieved through a collaborative team approach where professionals from the Suffolk County Water Authority Phillip Ross Industries and Trojan UV all played instrumental roles.

“The project’s manager, Joe Roccaro of the Suffolk County Water Authority, deserves special recognition for his leadership and determination that kept this project moving forward, and also for spearheading the permitting coordination,” Fangmann said.

As the first AOP system to be reviewed and approved in NYS, the regulatory framework for compliance needed to be developed. This effort included creating operating procedures, developing process control parameters and establishing sampling requirements. Under Mr. Roccaro’s leadership, the team worked closely with both the New York State and Suffolk County Departments of Health to address all issues which lead to the final full-scale design approval of the entire UV- H2O2 AOP system.

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