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Water Treatment Plant #4 – Austin, Texas

Owner: City of Austin
Contact Person: Tina Van Wie
Current Phone Number: 512-974-7148
Date Completed: Substantial Completion December 2014
Final Cost: $510,000,000
Project Description:

The project is the first phase of a 300 MGD water treatment plant that is the new water source for Austin, Texas. The project includes twenty-three new primary buildings and water holding structures and will provide an initial water treatment capacity of 50 MGD.

The main process starts with three thirty-five foot diameter, twenty feet tall Intake Screens installed at several elevations along a nine foot diameter intake pipe at the bottom of Lake Travis.

A nine foot diameter lake tap inlet opens into a twelve foot diameter tunnel, one and a half miles long, bringing lake water to the Raw Water Pump Station (RWPS) on Bullock Hollow Road.

A second tunnel takes the water from the RWPS to the main water treatment plant site. The water gravity flows through the Raw Water Pipe Gallery to a pair of 150 foot diameter, octagonal Upflow Clarifiers.

The water continues to the Filter Building and on to the Clearwells. The treated water leaves the plant, by gravity, and connects with the City of Austin’s water distribution system via a 7-mile tunnel to Jollyville GST.

Ancillary structures at the plant location include: the Lime Handling Facility, Washwater Complex, the Thickener Complex, Centrifuge Building, Chemical Building, Sodium Hypochlorite, Liquid Ammonium Sulfate Building, Sludge Handling Facility, Administration Building, Electrical Sub-Station, Maintenance Shop, and Recycle Pump Station, along with various vaults and pads.

(Designed By Jose I. Guerra, Inc.)

Services Provided:

Jose I. Guerra, Inc. provided complete structural, mechanical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design services. Also included preparation of contract documents and construction administration services


Awards / Recognition:

Project is expected to achieve USGBC LEED Silver Certification

2013 ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence Awards – Silver Metal Winner

2016 ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence Awards – Gold Metal Winner


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