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The 8th Wonder of the Industrial World?

The 8th Wonder of the Industrial World?

Krystal Paisley

October 7, 2014

Well, it's not technically the 8th Wonder of the Industrial World, but measuring at 850 acres, the John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir is the nation’s largest synthetic-lined upground reservoir. But, exactly how big is it?


To put its massive size into perspective, we used Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts and the stadium closest to our Indianapolis office, to compare the area of the first reservoir in this multi-phase project. We found that more than 34 Lucas Oil Stadiums will fit inside the reservoir’s footprint! And, if there was full attendance at a Colts game, that would also equate to over 2.1 million people.


But the reservoir’s mass doesn’t end at acreage. The 9.3 billion gallons capacity of the reservoir contains enough water to fill over 14,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools!


The John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir was filled in May 5, 2014. A dedication ceremony was held on September 30, 2014, in honor of the former Columbus Water Administrator.


For more details on the Upground Reservoir multi-phase project, visit the case study.