Fort Worth is the 12th largest city in the nation, and the City’s water department provides reliable water and wastewater services to more than 1.3 million people. To accommodate rapid growth in the western portion of the City and meet Texas Commission on Environmental Quality pressure maintenance requirements, Fort Worth selected Kimley-Horn to design and provide construction administration for a 1.0 MG composite elevated storage tank and 9,300 linear feet of 24-inch and 16-inch transmission line.
The preliminary design involved evaluating site alternatives for the elevated storage tank to serve a new pressure plane and alignment alternatives for the transmission line, corresponding with a future master thoroughfare plan roadway alignment. Due to the site’s location on a historic West Fort Worth cattle ranch, acquiring property and easements required heavy coordination with representatives of the ranch property throughout design.
As a result of the remote location of the site and to meet schedule commitments, the design team implemented a solar power solution to serve the required electrical components of the tank, including a critical butterfly control valve and lighting. The design also included provisions for future traditional electrical service to be connected to the tank with the solar infrastructure serving as backup power.
Kimley-Horn provided a range of services to make this elevated storage tank project a success for the City, including:
- Site selection and hydraulic analysis within a uniquely shaped pressure plane
- Transmission line alignment crossing a livestock pond within Waters of the United States jurisdiction
- Special design and construction provisions to protect and minimize impact to livestock throughout construction
- TxDOT permitting for a new driveway access and utility crossing
- Coordination with historic ranch property representatives, developers, engineers, and gas companies
From site selection to construction phase services, our team worked diligently to keep Fort Worth’s interests of utmost importance and deliver a functional design for this project to serve the City’s customers.