ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, August 27, 2019 – A Mongolian delegation headed by Deputy Minister for Construction and Urban Development of Mongolia, Munkhbaatar Begjzav, visited with U.S. experts from August 3 to August 19, within the framework of Downstream Wells Activity project, a key component of $350 million MCC Mongolia Water Compact. The Compact aims to increase bulk water supply in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, to sustain its future economic growth and improve access to healthy water for the public. 

MCA-Mongolia, a compact implementing entity, is currently undertaking detailed design work on the development of Downstream Wells Activity (DWA) – well fields, conveyance, and an Advanced Water Purification Plant (AWPP).  The AWPP will be Mongolia’s first plant of its kind and will introduce the latest developments in water purification science and technology. 

The AECOM Design Team working on the design of downstream wells welcomed the Mongolian delegation in the American city of Boston, and coordinated a study tour of water treatment plants including the William A. Brutsch Water Treatment Facility in Boston, the Patuxent Water Filtration Plant in Maryland, the town of Davie Utilities Water Treatment System V & Water Reclamation System IV Facilities in Florida, and Tampa Electric Company’s Polk Power Station Water Reclamation Treatment Plant in Florida. These plants are similar to Mongolian plants planned under the Mongolia Water Compact in operations and technology solutions.  

During the tour, the Mongolian delegation became acquainted with advanced water treatment technologies and gained hands-on experience of the operations and maintenance of the plants. The study tour also provided members with an opportunity to acquire the necessary technological information and skills to optimally implement the AWPP. 

At the meeting in AECOM offices in Boston, AECOM presented the detailed designs for the Downstream Wells Development Activity and facilitated a discussion on the outcomes of the study tour.  The participants identified and prioritized issues to be addressed, and the Deputy Minister for Construction and Urban Development committed to resolve the pressing issues at working group meetings at the Ministry for Construction and Urban Development and Municipality of Ulaanbaatar. 

During the visit, MCC hosted an official meeting with the Mongolian delegation in Washington D.C. to discuss the progress of the Compact implementation and exchange views on facilitating the successful conclusion of the detailed design work while timely addressing potential obstacles.