Huntsville Water Improvements Featured in Florida Water Resources Journal

The Florida Water Resources Journal December issue highlights water distribution system improvements for the City of Huntsville, Texas, that Freese and Nichols helped deliver as part of the city’s $25 million bond program.

Water storage tank under construction in Huntsville, Texas

Water Planners Kristen Cartwright and Richard Weatherly and Transmission Engineers Jared Barber and Jason Ward authored the article, which was derived from a presentation on the project at an American Water Works Association Florida Section conference.

In “A More Perfect Union: Improving Design Through Distribution System Modeling,” they write:

“The City of Huntsville, Texas, executed an aggressive $25 million bond program to modify its water system and hydraulically separate its two existing pressure planes. Without the modifications and accelerated bond program, the city risked violating minimum water system pressure requirements and being unable to serve increasing water demand due to growth.

“The city’s bond program involved 6 mi of water lines, two new pump stations, and a new elevated storage tank (EST). A unified design and hydraulic modeling team was key to addressing the challenges of a complex design and simultaneous project construction by providing the capability of evaluating design decisions in the model prior to implementation. By utilizing the hydraulic model during design, the city has saved approximately $2 million in constructions costs based on a total of $21 million in awarded construction contracts, compared to the original construction estimate of $23 million.”

Read the full article: “A More Perfect Union: Improving Design Through Distribution System Modeling” (pages 32-35)