Water regionalization study


Courtesy of Burns & McDonnell

Client: Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Completion Date: 1992 

Services Provided

  • Master planning
  • Water supply and distribution planning
  • Hydraulic modeling
  • Customer and demand projections
  • Cost estimating
  • Economic comparison
  • Regulatory review
  • Statutory review

Project Summary 

Burns & McDonnell completed a Water Regionalization Study for the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. It included the counties of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton within the greater Lansing, Mich., metropolitan area. The study included identification of:

  • The area feasible to serve with public water by the year 2020, and the evaluation of population growth and water requirements in the region.
  • A cost-effective and a technically feasible regional water supply and distribution concept which meets the projected water supply needs.
  • Noneconomic issues and other advantages or disadvantages in utilizing a regional approach to water supply system development.
  • Mechanisms available to participants addressing the formation of a coordinating entity for administration of a regional system, including a method of cost allocation to participants.

The overall evaluation looked at regional water supply options for the 10 area water suppliers, serving 21 governmental units and a population of 320,000. The final recommendations were anticipated to save $40 million through the year 2020, in comparison to existing water supply systems. In addition to having an economic advantage, the regionalization provided more flexibility and reliability in meeting future area water demands and minimized risks such as water supply contamination and regulatory requirements for the participants.

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