Water System Master Plan for Kingsport, Tennessee

Study of Plant and System will Prioritize Improvements

(NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – March 1, 2010) – Hazen and Sawyer was recently selected through an RFP process to develop a comprehensive water master plan for the City of Kingsport, Tennessee. The city manages a regional water system that depends on one water treatment plant with a filter capacity of 28 mgd and an average demand of 15 mgd. The plant provides water to approximately 36,000 customers over a 120-square mile service area. The distribution system includes more than 750 miles of water lines, 22 water storage tanks and 15 major pumping stations within 15 pressure zones.

The City has been forced to address issues in more of an emergency mode for several years, absent an updated master plan for managing and maintaining water system improvements. The plan will provide a more detailed understanding of plant and system issues and will provide the City with a prioritized plan to address those issues.

Hazen and Sawyer will provide a physical evaluation of the raw water pump station, raw water transmission mains and the water treatment plant. The plant’s hydraulic profile and process capacities will be determined, current and future regulatory issues will be considered, and impacts of increased future production will be evaluated. A recently calibrated WaterGEMS hydraulic model will be utilized to evaluate the existing distribution system to identify low pressure issues, water age issues, and potential fire flow issues.

The study will consider both current and potential future water demands in the region. The master plan document will provide the City with a logically prioritized short- and long-term capital expenditure plan for the water system. The project team will draw technical resources from many Hazen and Sawyer offices in several states.

Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.

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