We are recognized as experts in the analysis and evaluation of water systems through master planning.
We have conducted many master planning efforts for populations ranging from 400 to more than 200,000. Water system master planning establishes a guide for municipalities and utilities to use when budgeting for annual expenditures, planning for future system improvements, and monitoring performance criteria.
Master planning efforts typically examine all major components of a water system, including the following:
- Sources of supply
- Ground-level and elevated storage
- Distribution system piping, valves, and hydrants
- Water demands (both domestic and fire protection)
- Economic analysis, funding recommendations, and capital improvement/replacement planning
Our water system master planning services are tailored to suit the needs and intended uses of each system. A basic master plan may only look at supply, demands, storage, and fire-fighting capacity, and recommend improvements based on existing and projected future needs. A capital improvements plan summarizes these needs, along with estimated costs and implementation schedules.
A more comprehensive water system plan may include inspection of existing facilities and infrastructure, prioritization of water main replacement, analysis of water loss, and development of a hydraulic water model of existing and projected future conditions. Generally, a more detailed investigation yields more accurate and specific recommendations.