American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio
The Del-Co Water Company serves approximately 44,000 customers throughout eight counties in the northern area of the Central Ohio region. Their water systems have an operating capacity of 33 million gallons per day (MGD). Del-Co’s main water supply is the Olentangy River, which serves their Olentangy Water Treatment Plant.
In recent years, during periods of drought, Del-Co’s water source supply reached levels requiring Del-Co to use their reserve supply out of their above-ground reservoirs. In part because of this drought, Del-Co partnered with the City of Columbus to construct the Upground Reservoir project along the Scioto River. The completion of this project allowed Del-Co to access source water from the Scioto River, located approximately 3.5 miles west of their Olentangy Water Plant.
Through the Schreiber Pump Station project, Del-Co received 16 MGD to use as a redundant water supply for their water system. This allows Del-Co to better serve the central Ohio area for years to come—providing a positive social impact to the community.
The project did not come without its share of design and construction challenges:
In addition to the design and construction challenges, the project involved substantial coordination challenges between multiple entities, including: the City of Columbus; the Ohio Department of Transportation; Delaware County; CSX Railroad; multiple townships; the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; the United States Army Corps of Engineers; the State Historic Preservation Office; and almost 40 property owners for securing easements along the waterline.