Water Supply and Treatment Plant
The City of Paris was utilizing an existing lake for the community’s water supply since the early 1900’s. To meet their growing water-supply needs, a new water treatment plant was necessary.
Our team evaluated the previous engineering studies and offered appropriate recommendations for the City. During our review, we discovered that this community had been in need of a new groundwater source since the 1950’s. Also, the new plant required a capacity of 3.5 MGD, and the lake could only yield 2.0 MGD. Several engineering studies were prepared and the community performed test drilling to try to find sufficient supplemental groundwater to achieve the desired 3.5 MGD, however none were found.
With our extensive experience in development of water supplies in the Wabash River basin, we knew that sufficient water would exist near the river. Since the river is located in Indiana, about 17 miles to the east of Paris, Illinois, this option had not been previously thought of. Our design engineers utilized their knowledge of Indiana and Illinois regulations to offer this as a viable alternative for the community.
In order to use the Wabash River basin, it was necessary to petition the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to allow us to operate as a foreign entity in the state. Our team assisted with the purchase of necessary property for the water wells and treatment plant, along with securing right-of-way for pipeline. This unique solution provided the City of Paris with a new, clean public water supply that has enough capacity to last the community for the next century.
City of Paris
City of Paris, Illinois