Burns & McDonnell

Water source development effort


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Client: City Utilities of Springfield

Completion Date: June 1996

Services Provided

  • Water source study
  • Population projections
  • Service area delineation
  • Water demand projection
  • Public involvement
  • Capacity assessment
  • Infrastructure needs
  • Environmental assessment
  • Agency coordination
  • Alternative evaluation
  • Cost opinions
  • Present worth analysis
  • Final design
  • Construction phase services

Project Summary

City Utilities of Springfield emphasized advance planning, ongoing public involvement and two-way communication in acquiring its new water supply from Stockton Lake, a Corps of Engineers’ reservoir. The project provides an additional 30-million gallons per day (MGD) water supply to help meet Springfield’s water demands through year 2040.

The utility began its quest for additional water in 1989 by retaining Burns & McDonnell to evaluate 15 alternatives. Construction on the selected $30 million project started in 1995 and was completed in 1996. Basic project components include more than 30 miles of 36-inch diameter pipeline and a 30-MGD intake and pump station on Stockton Lake.

The project stayed ahead of schedule largely because of City Utilities’ commitment to planning and communication techniques. Public workshops and presentations explained project alternatives to media, interested citizens, governmental agencies and landowners. These preliminary meetings resulted in a landslide majority when the proposed plan was presented to the voters.

Communication efforts during design dealt with permitting, land access, design coordination, contractor prequalification and pre-bid instructions. Monthly luncheon meetings were conducted during design in City Utilities offices to keep governmental agencies, other utilities and permitting agencies informed of decisions and project schedule.

Milestone public events, including a contract signing with the Corps of Engineers to acquire lake storage, and project groundbreaking and dedication ceremonies, helped publicize the project for water customers.

City Utilities has described the effort as a “model project” and the most important to the city and region in the decade of the 1990s.

Project Features

This project was recipient of an Honorable Mention Award by the Missouri Consulting Engineers Council.

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