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Sherwin-Williams Announces 2021 Water & Wastewater Impact Award Winners Sherwin-Williams has announced the winners of the 2021 Water & Wastewater Impact Awards, which honour the companies that successfully overcame challenges while extending the service lives of critical infrastructure assets.


he project team braving tight quarters, steep vertical drops and an

The runner-up project for the 2021 awards realized major savings

aggressive coatings schedule to reline an 8- to 9.5-foot-diameter,

in the restoration of five surface water storage tanks for the City of

1.3-mile-long penstock for the Devil Canyon Powerplant in San

Holyoke, Massachusetts. The project team of Holyoke Water Works,

Bernardino, California, has earned top honours in the 2021 Sherwin-

applicator Champion Painting Specialty Services Corporation and

Williams Impact Award program.

engineering firm Tighe & Bond worked with Sherwin-Williams to save

The Impact Award recognizes exceptional projects that feature high-

more than half of the initial anticipated $2.2 million cost of restoring

performance coating and lining materials from Sherwin-Williams

the tanks. The resulting $1.2 million savings was made possible by

Protective & Marine. The challenging, multi-year project involved

reassessing the tank’s conditions and opting for an overcoat system

blasting and relining the penstock’s entire interior while navigating

on four of the tanks instead of setting up full containment systems for

grades of nearly 75% in spots, figuring out how to manage equipment

each tank and dry blasting their surfaces down to bare metal. Only one

access via 30-inch wide entry points located 1,000 feet apart and

tank required the full restoration treatment, saving the city precious

maintaining warmth inside the pipeline when outside temperatures

budget dollars and enabling the restorations to take place over two

were near freezing and winds occasionally reached 70 mph.


The winning team includes the California Department of Water

The 2021 honourable mention project covered the restoration of an

Resources (DWR) and industrial services firm Unified Field Services

elevated water storage tank that celebrates iconic TV legend Andy


Griffith. Serving Griffith’s hometown city of Mount Airy, North Carolina,


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