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NNSA Applauds Y-12 for Completing Potable Water Project Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today applauded the Y-12 National Security Complex for completing its potable water project ahead of schedule and under budget. NNSA officials congratulated Y-12 on the accomplishment during an event at the site on Thursday.

The new Y-12 Potable Water System Upgrades Project includes two prominent, 220-foot-tall water towers and more than a mile-and-a-half of newly installed water lines. The $62.5 million potable water system provides a more reliable long-term water supply. In addition to 8,360 linear feet of newly installed piping, 3,800 linear feet were replaced, and another 2,115 feet were cleaned and lined.

“The newly completed potable water system is another successful step toward the transformation of Y-12 and a clear demonstration of NNSA’s commitment to the effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” said Ken Powers, Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Environment. “We applaud Y-12 for completing this project ahead of schedule and under budget.”

The project is part of the NNSA’s Facilities and Infrastructure Recapitalization Program, which is aimed at reducing a large maintenance backlog, improving the state of site utilities and eliminating excess facilities across the nuclear security enterprise.

The water project eliminates $25 million in deferred maintenance costs associated with the potable water distribution system.

The most visible features of the project are the two water towers, each holding two million gallons. The towers are similar to those many cities across the country use to supply drinking water. The height of the towers allows greater water pressure, which provides a more reliable source of water for all areas of the site. The site uses potable water for operations as well as drinking water.

Earlier this year, Y-12 brought a new natural gas-fired steam plant online to replace a coal-fired plant in operation since the 1950s, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The site also began operating the new Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility in January, providing safe, secure, efficient storage for the nation’s supply of highly enriched uranium.

B&W Y-12, a partnership of Babcock & Wilcox and Bechtel National Inc., operates the Y-12 National Security Complex for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.