Engineering Excellence Gold Award
American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas
The Ward County Transmission System won a Gold Medal in the Water Resources category in the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas.
The $130 million system encompasses 21 groundwater wells, 66 miles of pipeline, four pump stations and other facilities. It supplies 30 million gallons of water a day to a half-million people in West Texas, including the cities of Odessa, Midland, Big Spring, San Angelo and Snyder.
The project was an emergency response to the drought of 2010-11, which had devastated the Colorado River Municipal Water District's supply reservoirs. Our team designed and constructed the system in less than 18 months to keep water flowing to the cities before the lakes went dry. Meeting the demanding schedule required seven design teams (three for pump stations, three for pipelines and one for wells), seven pipe production plants, seven pipe-laying crews and four construction contractors.
Our team also solved a number of other challenges, including sand dunes and oil fields along the pipeline route, environmental permitting for a state park and acquisition of 44 new easements. They finished two weeks ahead of schedule and 20 percent ($25 million) under budget.