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The building's efficient design is expected to save more than 70% in energy costs over the life of the system.

The 200 West Groundwater Treatment System was designed and constructed and is now operated by CH2M HILL to play an integral role in cleaning up one of the largest contaminated plumes of groundwater at the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site.

Designed by CH2M HILL’s national team of engineers, the 200 West Groundwater Treatment System brings together a variety of techniques to remove nitrates and metals, as well as radioactive and organic contaminants. The system comprises two primary treatment facilities with a combined footprint of over 52,000 square feet.The system is designed to operate at a rate of approximately 2,500 gallons per minute. CH2M HILL specially designed the biological process building to achieve Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

Overall, during the life of the new system, an estimated 25 billion gallons of groundwater will be treated and thousands of pounds of contaminants will be extracted and treated.

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