Water Master Plan, 20-Year Capital Improvement Plan
The city of Lawrence Water Utility serves a population of almost 45,000 and recently took back the operation and ownership of the utility from a privatization venture. The City contracted with American Structurepoint to perform a thorough evaluation of their existing water system and develop a 20-year capital improvement plan. A WaterGEMS model of the distribution system was developed and utilized to identify bottlenecks and pressure problems. Well testing and maintenance data were reviewed to assess the condition of each production well and identify projected well replacements.
Facility condition assessments were performed at the water system buildings, including well houses, booster stations, and water plants. As a means of evaluating actual production capacity of each plant, full-scale operational testing was performed utilizing iron breakthrough to determine the capacity of the filter system. A water audit was performed to quantify "lost" water and to develop procedures for the utility to use in the future to self perform this task. Based on the evaluation of individual system components, a prioritized list of system improvements was developed and a multi-year capital improvement plan was prepared to facilitate system upgrades through the year 2020.