Located in the heart of the Texas Permian Basin, Odessa is a growth-centered city and home to a plethora of oil and gas, industrial, technological, and manufacturing companies. To remain a superior location for its growing community and new businesses, the City recognized a need to overhaul its existing water and wastewater master plans that had not been updated in more than a decade.
The Master Planning Process
Kimley-Horn partnered with the City of Odessa to develop new master plans for both its water and wastewater systems under one contract, streamlining the process. Kimley-Horn also partnered with Ector County Utility District to simultaneously produce their water master plan, enhancing connectivity between the City and the District and saving time and effort for multiple stakeholders. These two entities historically shared infrastructure and water supply, so a comprehensive understanding of master planning efforts for both organizations helped make sure all plans accurately reflected regional system capabilities, area supply, and future needs.
For the City of Odessa water and wastewater master plans, our team provided system evaluation and data collection, model updates, and capital improvement plan development.
System Evaluation and Data Collection
Kimley-Horn updated Odessa’s existing models using WaterCAD and SewerCAD and collected data on facilities and operating records. We then used our proprietary XAK-PACK lift station performance evaluation tool to identify wastewater infrastructure needing rehabilitation or replacement. This tool provided our team with real-time data from the lift stations in place of out-of-date manufacturer data, yielding more accurate information to incorporate into the wastewater model.
Accurate Water Model Updates
To update the City’s water model, our team used Advanced Metering Infrastructure hourly flow data (instead of traditional monthly flow data). More frequent information allowed us to obtain a granular understanding of Odessa’s water system and create an accurate model and master plan.
As part of this project, permanent wastewater flow meters were also installed at City facilities. These meters provide additional data points to deliver a clearer indication of existing capacity and provide operations staff real-time flow information so trouble spots can be quickly addressed.
Capital Improvement Plan Development
Kimley-Horn worked with the City to create a capital improvement plan and financial analysis as well as to provide an asset management software evaluation that identified water and wastewater improvements required to accommodate growth expected for the next 5, 10, and 25 years. The capital improvement plan for the client identified 94 water projects—68 projects to accommodate future growth at a budget exceeding $115 million and 26 rehabilitation projects at a budget exceeding $23 million. The capital improvement plan also included 52 wastewater projects to accommodate future growth at a budget exceeding $200 million.
The new water and wastewater master plan that Kimley-Horn developed for the City provides a road map for future developments, empowering Odessa to continue making growth and community-driven infrastructure improvements.