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John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir

John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir Receives Honors

Krystal Paisley

May 26, 2015

The 9.3 billion gallon reservoir for the City of Columbus has recently been selected for awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio, ACEC National, and Franklin County Chapter of Ohio Society for Professional Engineers (FCC-OSPE).


John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir, located in Delaware County, Ohio is the first of three planned reservoirs that will eventually serve a population of more than 1.5 million consumers in Central Ohio.  Along with the largest synthetic-lined upground reservoir in the nation, this first phase also included a raw water pump station and a 72-inch raw water pipeline.


Visit the Upground Reservoirs case study for more details on this phase and future phases of the project.

An Award Winning Project

The John R. Doutt Reservoir project has recently been recognized with two 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards. American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio presented ms consultants with an Outstanding Achievement Award on March 12, 2015. This is the 16th year of ACEC Ohio’s annual award program with 18 project entries for the 2015 program.


Additionally, the project received a National Honor Award from ACEC National that was presented at the annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on April 21, 2015, in Washington, D.C.


Beginning in 1967, this annual competition recognizes engineering firms across the U.S. for their innovation and accomplishments. Projects are ranked by these criteria:


  • Their uniqueness and innovation;
  • Future value to the engineering profession;
  • Perception by the public;
  • Social, economic, and sustainable development;
  • Complexity; and
  • Fulfillment of client needs, including schedule and budget.


And last week, the John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir also received an Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award from the Franklin County Chapter of Ohio Society of Professional Engineers. This award recognizes outstanding engineering accomplishments within the Central Ohio area based on the project’s merit, value, and worth to the engineering industry and the community.

Upcoming Speaking Engagement

The John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir will also be featured at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE). Ken Ricker, PE (ms Columbus), will be co-presenting with Brian Haemmerle, PE (City of Columbus), uncovering the challenges and solutions of working with the area’s karst geology. AWWA ACE is an annual event and will be held in Anaheim, California June 8-10, 2015.


Join Ken and Brian for their presentation, “Record-Setting Off-Stream Reservoir Constructed in Karst Geology Area,” on June 10, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. And, look for a future blog post on more details on their presentation.


For more details on the John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir Project, contact Ken Ricker, PE, at