Bargh Replacement Raw Water Pipeline, CT

Tata & Howard was retained by Aquarion Water Company of CT for the Bargh Replacement Raw Water Pipeline Project. The project consisted of assisting Aquarion Water Company of CT with sizing a new diversion pipeline from the Bargh Raw Water Pumping Station in to the Putnam Reservoir, both in Greenwich, CT, preparing design plans and specifications for the new 24-inch water main, assisting Aquarion with permit acquisition for the project, and performing field testing to identify the ledge profile along the main.

Construction administration and resident observation services were also performed. Stake out the pipeline, review clearing limits with Contractor, Landscape Architect, Arborist, Stamford and Greenwich, observe CCTV storm drain inspections, accompany Contractor and subs on pre-blast surveys and document, and arrange for Archeologist to delineate sensitive areas to protect.

Raw water pipes
Culvert in Greenwich, CT

Burbank Tank Rehabilitation – Millbury, MA

The Burbank Tank is a 110-year-old buried fieldstone tank located in Millbury, MA.  Due to concerns from MassDEP on the age and condition of the tank, the Aquarion Water Company contracted Tata & Howard to provide design specifications and DN Tanks was selected as the tank rehabilitation contractor for installing shotcreting lining to the fieldstone walls, pouring a new concrete floor and removing pipes within the tank that are no longer in use.  While the proposed work is not a structural fix for the tank, shotcreting the walls will reduce potential root intrusion, seal up areas of lost mortar, and reduce the potential for leakage.  The rehabilitation was undertaken in early 2017 and completed in 8 weeks.

The Burbank Tank is the only storage tank in the water distribution system.  Therefore, careful planning and evaluation of the system using the hydraulic model was required to review the options for operations without storage for an extended period of time.

New Water Main, Whitinsville Water Company, MA

Tata & Howard provided engineering services for the design, construction administration, and resident project representation for the installation of approximately 3,800 linear feet of 8-inch ductile iron water main on A, B, C, D, and Border Streets for the Whitinsville Water Company. All homes in the project area are multi-family ranging from duplexes to four units per building, and are of wood construction. The area has a history of fires, so fire protection was of utmost concern.

The project began in February of 2016. Each home had its water service replaced, and also received a 6-inch ductile iron water main that was installed with a gate valve and a cap so that the homeowner could install individual fire and water services to each unit. For example, the homes with four units could be tapped with eight new service lines, giving each home a fire service and a water service and increased protection from fire. As added fire protection, Tata & Howard also replaced all hydrants and added four additional hydrants to the project area.

All water main installation was completed in November of 2016, and final paving took place in the spring of 2017.

Bellemont, AZ Water Treatment

Tata & Howard provided general engineering services to Bellemont Water System associated with responding to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) violations and preparing an Application for the Groundwater Compliance 4-Log Removal of Viruses. Randall Pellatz, P.E., from Tata & Howard’s Flagstaff office, served as Project Manager.


Located west of Flagstaff in the unincorporated community of Bellemont, the water system served approximately 100 customers — the majority of whom receive water hauled by truck to cisterns at their homes — as well as a few businesses, including a strip mall. The system also provides some fire protection. After the system repeatedly tested positive for E. coli bacteria and total coliform bacteria, a boil water notice was issued in August of 2012. In June of 2013, ADEQ issued a compliance order that required the Bellemont Water System to notify all customers of the boil water advisory and to install a treatment system that satisfactorily removes bacteria and viruses from the water. The source of the contamination was unknown.

Tata & Howard’s scope of services included providing a response to ADEQ’s compliance order and developing a preliminary plan of action for maintaining 4-Log Removal of Viruses for the Bellemont Water System. In addition, a preliminary schematic plan for a chlorination system was developed to provide a residual chlorine concentration throughout the Bellemont Water System. Tata & Howard also provided design services for the proposed disinfection system and completed an assessment of the existing conditions of the Bellemont Water System, including recommendations, in a letter report.

The system’s operator, Jeremy McCabe, installed the disinfection system, and in June of 2016, the Bellemont Water System underwent their final field inspection from ADEQ for chlorine residual and 4-log removal. They passed easily, and ADEQ was pleased to remove the boil water requirement. Mr. McCabe commented on how well the system now operates, and the system’s customers have expressed how happy they are to once again have safe, clean water.

Raw Water Transmission Main Replacement in Stamford, CT


Owner: Aquarion Water Company, Shelton, Connecticut

Tata & Howard provided professional engineering services for surveys and mapping; subsurface explorations; preliminary and final design; bidding; and construction phase services, including resident project representation, for the partial replacement of Laurel Reservoir Raw Water Transmission Main located on Lakeside Drive in Stamford, CT. The main was replaced after a history of multiple pipe failures.

This project included replacing approximately 3,670 feet of an existing 13,540 feet of 42-inch diameter prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) used to transfer raw water by gravity from Laurel Reservoir to the Stamford Water Treatment Plant (WTP). The pipe was replaced with 48-inch Class 52 ductile iron pipe.  Three existing 8-inch blowoffs and two existing 4-inch diameter automatic air release valves in this section of main were replaced and upsized with new 12-inch diameter blowoffs and 12-inch diameter valves. The main was encased in concrete at three culvert crossings. Additionally, two 24-inch diameter access openings were installed in the existing 42-inch diameter main that was not being replaced to allow for inspections while the pipe was drained and out of service.  The project also included replacement of four existing automatic air release valves on the existing 42-inch diameter PCCP that was to remain in service.

Means Brook Reservoir Dam and Gatehouse Rehabilitation, Shelton, CT — Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut

Means Brook Dam before rehabilitation, April 2011

The Means Brook Reservoir Dam is a concrete gravity dam that was constructed on rock in 1916 in Shelton, Connecticut. The aging dam required repairs in to improve reliability and safety, modernization and rehabilitation of the gate chambers, and replacement of the deteriorated upstream and downstream faces of the dam and the crest, which were severely spalled and delaminated. Hydraulic, hydrologic, and structural studies had indicated that the dam would be overtopped by about 3.9 feet by the Probable Maximum Flood, and that the dam did not have sufficient stability factors of safety for this extreme loading condition. The dam reportedly overtopped by about four inches during the 1955 flood. In 1977, modifications were made to the dam including extension of the spillway to its current length of 100 feet, and construction of a 2.1-foot high concrete parapet wall along the upstream crest of the dam.

Means Brook Dam after rehabilitation, August 2015

Tata & Howard provided design and construction administration for the rehabilitation of the dam that included the following:

  • Concrete repairs to the crest and both faces of the dam:
    • Deteriorated and delaminated shotcrete and concrete removed to sound concrete;
    • Anchor dowels and reinforcing installed, and new concrete surfaces poured;
    • Upstream face was resurfaced to a depth of about six feet below spillway, and the downstream face to two feet below grade;
    • New concrete surface designed with a nominal thickness of 12 inches on the downstream face and six inches on the upstream face.
    • Installation of rock anchors post-tensioned in holes drilled through the dam into the rock foundation to improve stability and provide adequate factors of safety for overtopping by the Probable Maximum Flood.
    • Removal and replacement of one section of the spillway training wall, and removal and resurfacing of concrete on remaining walls.
  • Repairs and improvements to the gatehouse and chambers:
    • Reshingling of gatehouse roof;
    • New steel plate exterior door for additional security;
    • Blocking up the existing windows;
    • Replacement of antiquated electrical system;
    • Replacement of both of the inoperable sluice gates and their appurtenances in the upstream gate chamber;
    • Replacement of the former vertical brass ladders in the intake gate chambers with new fiberglass ladders, including a base for fall protection and retrieval system;
    • Replacement of wooden stairs in the lower gatehouse with new aluminum ships ladder;
    • Replacement of the pneumatically operated butterfly valve on the 30-inch service main in the basement of the lower gatehouse with an electrically operated butterfly valve that can be remotely controlled;
    • Installation of an extension stem and electric operator;
    • Replacement of the 8-inch chamber drain and 10-inch auxiliary outlet gate valves;
    • Replacement of wooden hatches over floor openings within the gatehouse with aluminum grating with cover plates;
    • Installation of chain link fence along portions of the spillway training wall for safety; and at both ends of the dam for security;
    • Installation of galvanized steel pipe railings along the upstream and downstream crest of the dam for safety; steel pipe rails were chosen for the dam crest instead of chain link fence because the dam crest is subject to overtopping.

The project received a 2017 Excellence in Engineering Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, Connecticut. Read more here.

Dam Inspection, Hopkinton, MA — Milford Water Company

Echo Lake Dam, Hopkinton, MA
Echo Lake Dam, Hopkinton, MA

Milford Water Company retained Tata & Howard to perform a visual inspection and prepare a report of conditions for Echo Lake Dam and appurtenant structures. Echo Lake Dam is  located at the head of the Charles River in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and serves to impound water to create Echo Lake, a public water supply reservoir for the Town of Milford, operated by the Milford Water Company.

The dam measures approximately 198 feet in length with a structural height of 41 feet and a hydraulic height of 30 feet from the 24-inch outlet pipe to spillway crest.  The dam was built in 1898, raised 10 feet with stone masonry in 1901, and raised 2.5 feet with stop planks in 1987.  The dam is classified as large and high hazard potential.

The Phase I Inspection / Evaluation Report was  performed in accordance with MGL Chapter 253, Sections 44-50 of the Massachusetts General Laws. The purpose of the investigation was to inspect and evaluate the present condition of the dam and appurtenant structures to provide information that will assist in both prioritizing dam repair needs and planning/conducting maintenance and operation.

The investigation was divided into four parts: 1) obtain and review available reports, investigations, and data previously submitted to the owner pertaining to the dam and appurtenant structures; 2) perform a visual inspection of the site; 3) evaluate the status of an emergency action plan for the site and; 4) prepare and submit a final report presenting the evaluation of the structure, including recommendations and remedial actions, and opinion of probable costs.

The inspection was completed in April of 2015.

Dam Gate Chamber Repairs, Weston, CT

Saugatuck Dam is a concrete water supply dam in Weston, CT built in 1940, now owned by Aquarion Water Company. The majority of this project included repairs and modification to the gatehouse and gate chambers at the dam. Repairs included rebuilding the gatehouse walls, cleaning and painting the intake and outlet valves, and removing and replacing the stems and valve operators. Modifications included installing platforms made of steel beams and fiberglass in the gate chambers to provide safer access the valves in the chambers, and the interconnection of the 36” supply main and the 48” diversion main at the toe of the dam to provide greater flexibility for releasing water from the reservoir.


Treating Arsenic in Water in Arizona

shangri la ranch sunset

The Shangri La Ranch water supply, located in New River, Arizona, exceeded the running annual average maximum contaminant level (MCL) for arsenic. For the first quarter of 2015, the running annual average (RAA) was 0.0107 mg/L, and the RAA for the second quarter of 2015 was 0.0106 mg/L. The MCL for arsenic is 0.01 mg/L.  Arsenic contamination within aquifers is not uncommon and is generally from natural mineral deposits. Arsenic in high enough concentrations can result in skin legions and damage to the circulatory system and cancer; therefore, it is important to monitor and minimize this contaminant from drinking water.

The Shangri La Ranch is a non-transient, non-community water system that services approximately 240 customers. The actual number of customers served varies and is dependent on the number of people that are visiting the resort during a given period of time. Tata & Howard prepared an Arsenic Treatment Report for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to address arsenic levels in the Shangri La Ranch’s water supply. It included a summary of the existing layout and operation of the water supply wells, representative treatment provided, and recommendations for additional treatment to meet the State and Federal MCL for arsenic.

The results of the study indicated that the arsenic concentrations in Well No. 1 was low enough that blending from the existing wells would adequately reduce the arsenic concentration to below the MCL. It was also recommended that the system install two ISOLUX® cartridges, in parallel, to reduce the arsenic level in Well No. 4 to levels below the MCL prior to blending with the remaining water supplies. ISOLUX® utilizes a zirconium adsorption system to remove arsenic from water

Water Mains, Milford Water Company, MA


Tata & Howard was contracted to design approximately 2,000 linear feet of new 12-inch diameter ductile iron water main on Congress Street and West Fountain Street (High Service Area). The work included borings, survey, preparation of plans and specifications, and bidding. Construction of the High Service Area Water Mains took place over the summer, and was recently completed. Tata & Howard provided construction administration and resident observation services.

In addition, Tata & Howard was contracted to design approximately 2,400 linear feet of new 12-inch diameter ductile iron water main on East Main Street (Route 16). The work included survey, wetlands delineation, MassDOT permitting, completion of a Notice of Intent, preparation of plans and specifications, bidding, construction administration, and resident observation services.