City of Lake Station to Hold Groundbreaking for Water Distribution System Improvements
- City will expand water capacity, make major infrastructure improvements and improve its water quality

03/20/2013 - Indianapolis, Indiana --

Rendering provided by American Structurepoint

LAKE STATION, IND.—Last year, the State of Indiana approved the City of Lake Station for an $11 million Indiana Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) low-interest loan to improve its aging water distribution system, including the addition of a new 2.0 million gallon per day (MGD) drinking water treatment plant. The free, public groundbreaking for the first phase of the project will take place on Monday, March 25, 2013, at 10 a.m. at 2898 Union Street, City of Lake Station, Indiana 46405.

Over the years, the City’s Water Department has struggled with declining capacity, inadequate water storage, and water loss and water quality issues. In 2008, the City of Lake Station hired Indianapolis and Highland, Ind.-based engineering firm American Structurepoint to evaluate its existing water distribution system. Kara Boyles, Ph.D., P.E., project manager for American Structurepoint, and her team studied the City's water system, and identified the necessary improvements that would enable the City to expand capacity, make major infrastructure improvements and improve its water quality. Parts of the system date back to the early 1950s. By conducting test drilling and performing hydraulic modeling in order to prioritize the City’s next 20 years of capital improvements, the City and American Structurepoint were able to prioritize projects critical to the long-term operation of the Lake Station Water Department.

Part of the Indiana SRF loan will enable the City to begin a Water Recovery Program that will allow its Water Department to replace water meters throughout its entire distribution system.

The water improvements will include the construction of the drinking water treatment plant, five new groundwater supply wells, modifications to the booster station at the existing 2 million-gallon ground storage tank, installation of approximately 16,000 feet of critical water distribution mains with larger-diameter water mains and the implementation of a water recovery program. In addition, the City will establish a fully automated supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, which will transform the existing water distribution system from a manual operation to a fully automated system.

“The drinking water treatment plant will be installed within a new facility located at 2898 Union Street, on property currently owned by the City. It will be equipped with a backwash recycle facility to recover spent backwash water and eliminate the need to discharge it to the City sanitary sewer system,” Dr. Boyles says. “Items such as this are considered green initiatives by SRF and give the City a credit toward interest rate reductions for the Indiana SRF loan. Additional green components include premium efficiency pump motors with variable frequency drives (VFDs). VFDs enable pumps to accommodate fluctuating demands, running pumps at lower speeds and drawing less energy, while still meeting the pumping needs.”

The project is expected to be constructed as two separate phases. Phase I improvements will include the new water supply wells, new groundwater treatment plant and water main improvements. Phase II will include storage tank improvements and additional water main improvements. The drinking water treatment plant is expected to be in full operation in 2014.

Thanks to the following for making this possible: Honorable Mayor Keith Soderquist of the City of Lake Station; the Lake Station City Council, including Garry Szostek (Councilman-at-Large), Todd Lara (Councilman-at-Large), John McDaniel (first district councilman), Don Huddleston (second district councilman), Todd Rogers (third district councilman), Harry Pedroza (fourth district councilman), and Rick Long (fifth district councilman); Brenda Samuels, Clerk Treasurer; Roger Szostek and Joe Stevens of the Lake Station Board of Works; James B. Meyer, the City of Lake Station's Attorney at Law; American Structurepoint; and Thieneman Construction, Inc.