A joint venture (JV) team of CH2M and Parsons will work to assist the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) in the repair of underground infrastructure in Washington, D.C. and neighboring areas under a $1.3bn program.

The team will deliver program management services to develop and implement DC Water’s capital improvement program under the three-year contract, with options for renewal up to two years.

Under the contract, the CH2M and Parsons joint venture will plan, design and construct linear and vertical infrastructure in the water and wastewater service areas like piping, pumping and storage structures, hydrants, valves, inflatable dams, diversion structures and manholes.

The team will also work to rehabilitate or replace small and large-diameter water mains; rehabilitate water, sanitary and storm pumping stations; repair minor and major sewers and storage facilities; and assess condition of water and wastewater buried infrastructure.

CH2M Global Water Business Group President Peter Nicol said: “CH2M has worked with DC Water for many years on capital improvement projects and most recently has been leading the utility’s Asset Management Program.

“Aging underground infrastructure is a national problem and leads to disruptions in service and threatens water quality. We are excited to help DC Water tackle the complicated repair and replacement of its aging underground water and wastewater infrastructure to ensure local communities have access to safe drinking water and sanitation systems.”

CH2M says that the repair and replacement work can be complicated in dense urban areas, where complex underground infrastructure can exist.