The Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority is a regional governmental agency responsible for supplying potable water to its customer governments consisting of Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties and the City of North Port in Florida. The Authority worked to enhance the region’s water transmission systems through a Regional Integrated Loop Pipeline System. The system has created a regional potable water transmission system interconnecting water systems in the Authority’s service area. Phase 1A consisted of installing nine miles of 24” ductile iron pipeline connecting the Peace River Water Treatment Facility in DeSoto County to the Punta Gorda Shell Creek Water Treatment Plant in Charlotte County. The project also included the construction of a new 25 MGD pump station, a 500,000 gallon ground water storage tank, and a 7,300 LF subaqueous crossing of the Peace River via conventional cut and cover installation using 30” HDPE. Phase 3A included the construction of a 9-mile 48″steel water transmission pipeline and a high service pump station. The project included a 210 LF subaqueous crossing of the Myakka River via micro-tunneling with 60″ casing, extensive dewatering efforts, street work, deep excavations, meter stations, sheet piling, and a 5 MG water storage tank.
“Throughout the project construction, they provided not only excellent construction management and services, but also provided valuable assistance with own procurement of major equipment – creating savings of $1 million to the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority. The complexity of construction of the expansion and the requirement to not interrupt operation of the existing water treatment facility created challenges that were overcome by imaginative and creative scheduling and construction means.”
Patrick J. Lehman, Project Engineer and Executive Director for Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority