Tata & Howard provided engineering services for design, bidding, construction administration, and resident observation to Aquarion Water Company for improvements to their existing Hemlocks Raw Water Pumping Station in Fairfield, CT. The project included refurbishing five 300 hp centrifugal pumps and motors, replacing the existing variable frequency drives (VFDs), installing new piping, check valves, and strainers for each pump.
As this facility is a source of supply for Aquarion’s Main System, it needed to be kept operational throughout the construction. The sequence of work required a single pump to be taken off line; refurbished; reinstalled with new piping, VFD, and appurtenances; tested and placed back into service prior to the next pump being taken off line.
Another important aspect of the project was to replace the existing strainers so that they were easier for the plant operators to clean as they get clogged with eels. To simplify maintenance, new stainless steel wye strainers with bottom access to the screens were installed on the suction side of each pump.
Flagstaff, AZ – Tata & Howard provided professional engineering design services to the City of Flagstaff, AZ for the replacement of three aeration units, as well as interior air piping improvements for the Rio De Flag Wastewater Reclamation Facility (WWRF). In addition, approximately 400 linear feet of existing air piping were replaced at the Rio De Flag WWRF. The exterior pipe was visibly leaking air. For technical and operational reasons, screw compressors were chosen over turbo blowers. Tata & Howard provided design services including preparation of plans, specifications, and bid documents for the installation of the new screw compressors.
The existing air flow exterior pipe gaskets had deteriorated with the heat of the existing compressed air to where the piping was a safety problem and was also wasting energy. Tata & Howard worked with the City to provide shop approvals and assisted the City’s inspector to ensure the project met the plans and specifications.
The existing blowers at the plant were 25 years old, had reached the end of their useful life, and did not ramp up and down with the wastewater flow. The new aeration units will flow pace with the changing incoming flow and saved the City enough electrical energy that it is projected to pay for the upgrade in eight years. The electrical power company (APS) offered a large rebate to reward Flagstaff for taking this energy and money saving opportunity.
Worcester, Massachusetts Hydraulic Modeling Services and Capital Efficiency Plan™
Tata & Howard completed a hydraulic model update and Capital Efficiency Plan™ for the City of Worcester. As part of the project, Tata & Howard updated and verified the City’s existing hydraulic model, which has over 550 miles of water main. Work included three days of fire flow tests throughout the City and allocation of demands using up-to-date billing and parcel data. Phase II of the project, the Capital Efficiency Plan™, identified and prioritized areas for improvement within the distribution system. Our services included evaluating the condition of the existing distribution system infrastructure to determine the adequacy of meeting present and future demands, calculating needed storage requirements, assessing and prioritizing system improvements, reviewing and evaluating typical fire flows throughout the system, creating a pipe asset management rating system, and recommending improvements to the distribution system.
Tata & Howard calibrated the hydraulic model under extended period simulation for an evaluation of the Super High Service Area with the Chester Street Tank off-line due to rehabilitation. The configuration of the service area included two distinct zones. The Chester Street Tank is located in one area and the Howland Hill and Apricot Tanks are located in the other area. To remove the Chester Street Tank from service, an evaluation of supply and pressures needed to be completed. The results of the analysis included running both zones off the Apricot Tank and utilizing the Chester Street Pump Station to maintain pressures within the vicinity of the Chester Street Tank.
Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection BPE, Framingham, MA
Tata & Howard completed a Business Practice Evaluation (BPE) for the Town of Framingham, MA. T&H coordinated and attended a project kick-off meeting with essential Town personnel. The Town provided, as available, documents requested at the Project Kick-off meeting including reports, CIP and operating budgets, organization charts, standard operating procedures, operation and maintenance reports, O&M manuals, performance measures, job descriptions, Emergency Response Plan, procurement process, inventory control, relevant studies and reports, and similar related documents. These documents were used both for assessment of the current practices and as documentation included in the written plan, as appropriate. Evaluations determined the adequacy of the documents and current business practices. Documents were compiled and organized electronically for use in the project and future use by the Town. Any critical missing information was identified and developed by Town staff or included as part of the Implementation Plan.
Business Practice Evaluation (BPE), North Texas Municipal Water District
Tata & Howard Provided management consulting and leadership skill building for the North Texas Municipal Water District. Project included meeting with each of the nine wastewater treatment plant Superintendents and Chief Operators and wastewater collection system management one-on-one as well as meeting with supervisors and managers. Two briefing workshops were conducted to discuss the findings, overall observations and potential opportunities for improvement that benefits the treatment and collection system facilities. In addition, a management, operation and maintenance (MOM) workshop was conducted that discussed effective business practices that were compared to industry standards.
Business Practice Evaluation for the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA)
Tata & Howard recently completed a Business Practice Evaluation (BPE) for the RWA Field Operations Division. Tata & Howard developed an Effective Practice Guidelines (EPGs) findings report and recommendations matrix outlining suggested operational and management changes as well as effective practices opportunities for improvement. Based on results of the field operations assessment, Tata & Howard identified goals, objectives, activities, and resources necessary to implement Effective Practice Guidelines for several business practices. Tata & Howard, along with the newly developed RWA EPG team, conducted five workshops with management and field staff responsible for the implementation of the recommended changes to ensure the goals established during the BPE and EPG development were met.
Southern Maine Regional Water Council (SMRWC) Regional System Study
Tata & Howard was retained by the Southern Maine Regional Water Council (SMRWC) to complete a Regional System Study for the Portland Water District (PWD), Maine Water Company – Biddeford & Saco (MWCB&S), Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells Water District (KKWWD), Sanford Water District (SWD), South Berwick Water District (SBWD), York Water District (YWD), and Kittery Water District (KWD). The purpose of the study was to provide a detailed update to their 2008 Regional Water System Master Plan Study, which studied possible interconnections between the water systems within the SMRWC. A combined water distribution system regional hydraulic model was developed using the hydraulic models of each individual water system. The regional hydraulic model was used to evaluate the hydraulic feasibility and impacts of the proposed interconnections as well as the potential of transferring water from northern systems to southern systems through a completely connected and open system. The PWD and MWCB&S have large water sources and are interested in exploring the option of providing water to southern systems. The study evaluated the needed infrastructure improvements, each system’s available water supply, and demands through the potential and existing interconnections.
The study also examined the effects that the proposed system improvements and interconnections would have on water quality. Not all water systems treat water in the same way; therefore, finished water is unique to the chemicals and treatment techniques used by each system. Specifically, pertinent available data was collected and chemicals used for coagulation, sequestering, primary disinfection, secondary disinfection, corrosion control, pH adjustment, and dental health were reviewed. Raw and finished water parameters such as turbidity, alkalinity, temperature, pH, and total hardness were also collected. Of the seven participating water systems in the study, three disinfect with chloramines and four disinfect with only chlorine solution. Operating the systems together as a permanent solution to water supply concerns would require modifications to the treatment processes in some if not all of the systems. Ideally, each water system involved in water sharing would need to agree to a treatment method to give each system acceptable water quality and eliminate concerns with blending systems.
The identified improvements were based on hydraulic feasibility. Infrastructure recommendations at the interconnection locations include construction of new water mains, pressure reducing valves, and booster pumping stations.
Regional Intermunicipal Interconnection Evaluation, MA
Through a grant from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Tata & Howard was retained by the City of Northampton Department of Public Works (Northampton) and the City of Easthampton Water Works (Easthampton) to complete a Regional Intermunicipal Interconnection Evaluation for the Easthampton, Hatfield, Northampton, Southampton, and Williamsburg water systems. The purpose of the study is to evaluate potential water distribution system intermunicipal connections and emergency water supply. A combined water distribution system regional hydraulic model was developed and used to evaluate the hydraulic feasibility and impacts of the proposed interconnections. The study evaluated the needed infrastructure improvements, system available supply and demands, and available supply through the potential interconnections.
Potential interconnection locations between Northampton and Easthampton were considered at four locations, between Northampton and Hatfield, between Northampton and Williamsburg, and between Easthampton and Southampton. Infrastructure recommendations at the locations include construction of new water mains, meter pits, flow meters, pressure reducing valves (PRV) and portable pumping systems. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Water Management Act (WMA) permitted and registered pumping volumes for each system’s sources was evaluated for potential supply to other communities. Northampton and Easthampton have surplus supply, while Hatfield, Williamsburg, and Southampton are approaching their WMA permit or registration allowable withdrawal volumes.
The study determined the following:
Three of the four potential interconnection locations between Northampton and Easthampton could be utilized in an emergency by isolating portions of Northampton’s system. An interconnection that could serve all of Northampton would require a pumping system.
A pressure reducing valve would be required to supply Hatfield from Northampton and a pumping system would be required to supply Northampton from Hatfield.
Due to the location of the Williamsburg interconnection along Northampton’s transmission main route, and the limited amount of water available from Williamsburg, an interconnection from Williamsburg to Northampton is not feasible.
There is an existing hydrant to hydrant interconnection between Easthampton and Southampton that has been utilized to supply water to Southampton during periods of high summer demands. To supply the entire Southampton system, a pumping system would be required, and a PRV would be required to maintain adequate pressures if Southampton were to supply Easthampton.
Tata & Howard is completing a Water/Wastewater and Related Departmental Organizational Plan for the City of Westfield. Prior to the start of work, the organization included a Water Resources Superintendent, a Wastewater Superintendent, and other department heads to provide water, wastewater, stormwater, and highway services. Our chief project goal is to seek alignment of people, business processes, and technology. Tata & Howard reviewed relevant documents, facilitated individual interviews with knowledgeable managers and staff, and conducted on-site workshops as appropriate to evaluate the City’s current organization against desired business goals and industry best practices. We recommended a revised organization to the City which is in the process of being approved through the City Council. Upon acceptance of the new organization, a detailed report will be submitted.
Tata & Howard provided evaluation, design, construction administration, and resident observation services to the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (SCCRWA) for the replacement of the Whitney-Wintergreen water storage tank. The project included an analysis of SCCRWA’s Whitney-Wintergreen service area to determine the appropriate volume of storage needed to serve its customers, and a 1 million gallon concrete tank was constructed to replace the existing 1.5 million gallon steel tank at the same site. The project also included demolition of the existing tank as well as stormwater management at the site. The project was completed in September of 2015.
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