City of Waco

Riverside WTP to Gholson GST Water Transmission Line

The City of Waco determined it was having difficulty providing water to the northern portion of their water system and maintaining tank levels at their Gholson Ground Storage Tank (GST) and TSTC Elevated Storage Tank (EST). The City of Waco selected Walker Partners to design the Riverside to Gholson pump station and transmission water pipeline.

This project was identified as Project No. 5 within the City of Waco’s 2015 Water System Master Plan and was designed to enhance current water service, provide water system redundancy, and meet future water demands (2070). A majority of the project will be located within an abandoned railroad right-of-way which Walker Partners helped the City of Waco acquire from the Union Pacific Railroad. Portions of the project are located within urban areas within city streets.

Walker Partners evaluated multiple pipe materials and water demand scenarios for the project and bid the project with both alternative pipe sizes (24-inch and 30-inch) and alternative pipe materials (C900 polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and C303 bar-wrapped concrete cylinder pipe).

This project consists of approximately 19,000 linear feet of 30-inch waterline utilizing C303 bar-wrapped concrete cylinder pipe, an approximately 1,900 linear feet directional drilling crossing of the Brazos River utilizing 36-inch DR9 iron pipe size (IPS) high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping, and approximately 870 linear feet of bore and encased line under roads.

This project will increase the amount of water which can be supplied through the system for the customers in the north. Additionally, this project will enhance current water service, provide water system redundancy, and meet future water demands (2070), while ensuring the continuation of safe and reliable water service. 

completion date: 2019

location: waco, Tx

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