Hydraulics/Hydrology Seminar Series
The Evansville Water Master Plan: What Does a New Graduate in the Consulting-Engineering World Do?
Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Evansville, Indiana’s water distribution system is experiencing frequent failures as a result of aging equipment and improper maintenance. HNTB Corporation developed a Water Master Plan at the request of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility to evaluate the existing infrastructure, project future needs, and propose a list of maintenance and replacement projects. The Water Master Plan includes evaluations of the water treatment plant, booster stations, and water mains.
Each water main in the 1,100 mile distribution system was evaluated and scored based on its size, material, operating pressure, age, historical rate of failure, location, and consequence of failure (demand shortfall). Water mains were ranked by score and assigned a year in which to be replaced. The Utility will use the resulting list of replacement projects as it updates its water infrastructure over the next 50 years.
Elaine Moates is an undergraduate senior in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering. During her sophomore year, she started a 5-session co-op with HNTB Corporation in Indianapolis. This fall, she completed her fourth work rotation in the Water Group. She helps with the design of municipal water and wastewater treatment projects.