ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland’s (ACEC/MD) annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of innovation, achievement, and value. In a two-step process, firms can submit their outstanding projects for consideration, culminating in our Annual Awards Banquet being held in association with Engineers Week. See below for more information:
2020 Grand Award
Town of Rising Sun – Chester Water System Interconnect
Client | Town of Rising Sun
Consultant | KCI Technologies Inc.
Location | Rising Sun, Maryland
Since 1990, the Town of Rising Sun in northeast Maryland has more than doubled its population. Town management has struggled to supply enough water to meet growing demand. Local aquifers are unable to sustain the current population, with the five town wells producing less than half the needed flow. With no feasible sources within the county, Rising Sun negotiated an agreement with the Chester Water Authority (CWA) in Pennsylvania to meet the town’s water supply needs for the foreseeable future. KCI partnered with public works officials to meet grant funding requirements and coordinate the design and construction of a five-mile water main to connect CWA’s water system to the town’s infrastructure network. The firm also provided full-service design, permitting, and construction inspection services for the one-mile section located in Maryland.
Engineers used complex hydraulic modeling to ensure that water quality was maintained over a distance estimated at 10 times the typical span between treatment plant and tap. It was critical to optimize the process and eliminate additional mechanical equipment to minimize construction costs and required future maintenance. Other challenges included complying with both states’ regulatory requirements, combining two different water systems, coordinating privately-owned right-of-way, and facilitating timely contractor payment.
KCI’s team identified design efficiencies that saved the town more than $1.5 million by eliminating a redundant 900-foot section of pipe. The municipality plans to dedicate those funds toward extending its infrastructure to provide nearby homes/business/schools with clean drinking water; many of them face water quality issues from their on-site well sources. With construction complete, Rising Sun residents and businesses can finally enjoy unrestricted access to water with the knowledge that their families and town can continue to grow.
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