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Kimley-Horn Leads Texas Water Supply Expansion

Trenchless technology professional shares insights from nearly 30 years of experience

Settled in between San Antonio and Austin, the Interstate 35 corridor is projected to grow 34 percent in population by 2030. To meet the needs of this growth, Kimley-Horn’s Water Utilities group is working with the Alliance Regional Water Authority to successfully manage and implement a large, long-term water supply solution. With completion planned for 2023, this project will deliver 22,000 acre-feet of treated drinking water per year—enough to serve several communities in the corridor through 2040.

Kimley-Horn is the Program Manager for Phase 1B which includes the design and construction of a new 22,000 acre-feet per year pump station, a 19.5 MGD treatment plant, a large well field, two miles of raw water lines, 95 miles of treated water pipelines, and an administration, operations, and maintenance facility.

"From producing design standards to ensuring cohesion among the design packages, the program requires a lot of coordination. We want to ensure that even the valves are of the same type, so we are not stocking a lot of spare parts for different equipment. The coordination needed for the different pipeline segments, the easement acquisition, the system hydraulics and other elements of this project has been a tremendous day-to-day challenge.”

Kimley-Horn’s experience with water treatment projects of similar size and scale, as well as our ability to effectively coordinate with several diverse partners and stakeholders to ensure quality, consistency, and efficiency, awarded us the opportunity to be part of providing clean water for the community for generations to come.


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