How to Get the Highest Value for Water Transmission Projects

Water transmission pipelines and pump stations are critical to the success of any water utility. Typically, water transmission systems must be operational 24/7 to maintain service to large segments of the distribution system. Additionally, water transmission systems often make up the largest capital, operational, and maintenance costs of the utility. Therefore, getting the highest value for the design and construction of water transmission projects is critical to the overall success of any utility. Value for the water transmission projects includes low capital costs, but not at the expense of system performance. Value for water transmission systems can be defined as follows: low capital cost, low operations and maintenance cost over the life of the system, high reliability of the system, flexibility of operations and expandability to meet future conditions, ease of system operations, and quality of the constructed project. This paper describes innovative value concepts used by the author on dozens of raw water and treated water transmission projects. This paper also compares projects that used the value concepts with other projects that did not. The comparison shows that the value concepts can save as much as 50% of the capital costs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 11p
  • Monograph Title: Pipeline Engineering and Construction: What's on the Horizon? Proceedings of the Pipelines 2004 International Conference, August 1-4, 2004, San Diego, California

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01003282
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0784407452
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 16 2005 10:24AM