Population growth and federal water quality mandates are necessitating water providers across the country invest in new water treatment facilities. Shrinking water supplies are also demanding systems reevaluate how their “dirty” water is utilized. This is particularly true in the Southwest, where water scarcity and growth are nothing new. Northwest Pipe Company’s engineered steel water pipe systems repeatedly help communities across the U.S. build water treatment facilities.
In nearby San Diego County, water supply is scarce and demands are high. Northwest Pipe joined CH2M Hill Constructors on the Design/Build/Operate (DBO) Twin Oaks Water Treatment Plant. The new facility, just off of an existing aqueduct, will provide up to an additional 220,000 households with finished water. As a DBO contract, the project involved a high level of mid-construction design decisions. To keep the project running smoothly, Northwest Pipe representatives from sales, project management, manufacturing, engineering, and field operations met weekly with CH2M Hill for progress updates. This kept communication channels open so deliveries and design could be adjusted to meet all developing situational changes.
Water scarcity is not just limited to California. Communities in New Mexico also struggle to provide their residents with adequate supplies. In Albuquerque, the San Juan-Chama Project is underway to bring 110,000 acre-feet per year from the upper tributaries of the San Juan River, under the continental divide and into the Rio Grande. This water was allocated in 2006 to New Mexico as part of the multi-state agreement reached between western states vying for Colorado River water rights. Like the Orange County project, Northwest Pipe worked closely with the contractor, PCL Civil Constructors, to provide the entire scope of pipe needed for this important component to the San Juan-Chama Project.
These projects offer a sampling of the quality and service provided by Northwest Pipe Company. Large diameter, highly engineered steel water pipe systems save time and money by reducing field fit-ups and other issues inherent to commodity pipe materials. Northwest Pipe’s close coordination with the contractors allows for just-in-time shipments to space constrained jobsites, reducing costs and inconveniences to project neighbors.How we solved it →