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Posted on: April 17, 2019

City of Albany Wins “Smart Water” Smart Cities North America Award

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Contact: Emily Lyons 
(518) 434-5333

For Immediate Release

ALBANY, NY – The City of Albany’s Beaver Creek Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Abatement and Flood Mitigation Program has been awarded the 2019 IDC Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNNA) in the “Smart Water” category. The SCNAA recognizes municipalities from across the country for executing Smart City projects to reach sustainability goals, create new economic opportunities, and meet the growing needs of their communities.

The Beaver Creek CSO Abatement and Flood Mitigation Program is a progressive approach that merges innovative technology with traditional grey strategies and green infrastructure practices in urban stormwater management. At the heart of the solution is a new platform (CMAC) that features continuous monitoring and adaptive controls to make real-time adjustments within the sewer system. The platform uses a cloud-based service to work with on-site sensors, weather forecasts, and site specific parameters to make intelligent and predictive decisions. The Albany Water Department collaborated with CHA to develop this “Smart Water” solution.

“We are honored to receive this award as it demonstrates our commitment to use innovation and new technology to best meet the City’s stormwater management goals.” said Albany Water Commissioner Joe Coffey. “As we implement plans for future CSO abatement and flood mitigation projects, we will continue to expand this smart infrastructure network across the City.”

“This award helps to highlight part of the significant investment our Water Department has made in installing green infrastructure, cleaning the Hudson River, and working to mitigate flooding that comes with extreme weather events that are becoming the new normal,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.  “Thank you to Commissioner Joe Coffey and our hard-working Albany Water Department employees for their dedication to this mission, and for earning this prestigious recognition.”

Winners were chosen in 12 categories after IDC Government Insights evaluated over 4,100 public votes and the scores from an international panel of judges. Read more details about the winning projects.

“We continue to be impressed with the quality of projects being implemented by cities and their partners in North America. This second year of applicants demonstrated that cities are being highly innovative in terms of partnership and funding models and using technology to achieve specific outcomes,” said Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President, IDC Government Insights and Smart Cities and Communities. “This year we are working more closely with the finalists and winners to bring these city leaders together to share lessons learned and best practices over the course of the year.  We are thrilled to promote these successes and offer a forum for this community to help other municipalities implement similar projects.”


About the Albany Water Department

Best known as New York's Capital City, Albany has a deep-rooted history and is on the forefront of utilizing innovative methods to improve its infrastructure and serve its residents. The Albany Water Department (AWD) delivers a reliable and high quality water supply to residential and commercial customers. As a 24/7 operation, AWD manages the water supply at local reservoirs, operates the Feura Bush Water Treatment Plant, and maintains hydrants for fire protection. AWD also maintains the pipes that safely carry away wastewater and stormwater. With much of the City's water and sewer infrastructure being over 100 years old, AWD continually plans for and implements system improvements and upgrades. For more information, visit

About CHA Consulting, Inc.

CHA Consulting, Inc. is a highly diversified, full-service engineering consulting firm which, along with its subsidiaries, provides a wide range of technology-enhanced planning and design services to public, private and institutional clients. CHA was ranked the 33rd largest design firm in the United States in 2018 by Engineering News Record and has annual revenue of $282 million. With technical personnel and offices throughout the United States and Canada, CHA offers engineering, architectural, survey, construction, and other services necessary to complete projects on time and within budget.  The CHA Companies include:  CHA Consulting, Inc., CHA Tech Services, CHA Canada, Novara GeoSolutions, American Fire, PDT Architects, and Daedalus Projects, Inc. 

About IDC Government Insights

IDC Government Insights assists government policy, program, and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of government and IT industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the Federal/Central and local/provincial Governments. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology, media, research, and events company. Find More information, email or call 703-485-8300. 

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