Water Transmission & Distribution

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With more than 75 years’ experience in water supply planning, design, project management and operation, we’ve established a formidable knowledge base.

We share a strong commitment to working in partnership with you. That way, you can fully understand how your water systems work. Our engineers, scientists and ecologists address sustainability, water loss reduction and water efficiency improvements.


  • Sustainable water resource management and integrated urban water management
  • Drought response planning for the crucial planning, management and sustainable use of water
  • Water pipelines, using an impressive set of analytical and design tools to deliver over 5000km of pipelines (100mm to over 3000mm in diameter) in myriad terrains and pressure conditions
  • Pumping stations, including delivery of more than 500 pump stations designed with flows from 1 to over 40,000 litres per second and lifts of more than 1000m and challenging complexity through advanced electrical and mechanical technology
  • Balance storages in varying sizes, shapes and construction materials (concrete, steel, membranes), including ground level storage, elevated towers, standpipe storage and turkey’s nest storage
  • Network planning for the implementation and expansion of reticulation networks
  • Water hammer analysis
  • Water intakes, including design of still-water dam intakes, run-of-river intakes in mountain streams and river-bed intakes
  • Groundwater, including solutions to all groundwater abstraction problems, yield assessments, bore development and borehole pumping and treatment
  • Leaks, utilising capability in leak detection and control strategies, latest detection equipment and total life cycle solutions
  • Rehabilitation, through trenchless technology group solutions for rehabilitation/replacement of existing water mains
  • Project management and EPCM services 

For further information, contact:

Michael Simpson
Service Line Leader, Water Transmission & Distribution – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 2 9239 7087
E: Michael Simpson

Andy Glitzer
Service Line Leader, Water Transmission & Distribution - North America
T: +1 814 643 8260
E: Andy Glitzer

3.0 MG Water Storage Tank


The Marcy Reservoir is an uncovered finished water reservoir with a capacity of 15 million gallons (MG), owned and operated by the Mohawk Valley Water Authority (MVWA). The reservoir is located along the primary transmission route extending from MVWA’s Water Treatment Plant to the distribution system.

The Long-Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2ESWTR) requires that uncovered finished drinking water reservoirs either be covered, replaced with covered storage, or undergo additional treatment. MVWA decided to replace the Marcy Reservoir with a covered storage tank. The new water storage tank will also provide improved regulation of pressures within intermediate low service zones of their system and improved corrosion control within the distribution system.

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Clear Harbour Alliance


With the growth of Auckland City, the combined stormwater/wastewater system was exceeding capacity during rainfall events, resulting in pollution of the Waitemata Harbour. A conventional project model could not guarantee the level of service that Metrowater wanted for their customers during the separation process so they decided on an Alliance model – one that was strongly customer focussed. The project goal of cleaning up Auckland’s harbour was a philosophy of shared ownership and responsibility reflected in the principle – "it's ours".

Metrowater is Auckland City's water and wastewater utility and was established by Auckland City Council to provide water and wastewater services to over 142,000 homes and businesses, reaching 420,000 people across Auckland City.  The area of operation covers 153 square kilometres with a water and wastewater network of more than 3,600 km of pipes. Metrowater’s expectation is that their customers receive the highest quality, reliable water supply possible and that Auckland City’s wastewater networks are managed in a cost effective, environmentally sound and sustainable manner.

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Repair shoreline revetment, Diego Garcia


GHD, as the prime engineer, provided civil and marine structural design, services under a Design/Build project with Black Construction at the US Navy support facility on Diego Garcia.

The project consists of demolishing existing shoreline protection, installation of 700 linear feet of new rock revetment, and site grading.  Documents developed included a basis of design report and calculations, construction plans and specifications. Revetment design was performed by determining the wave environment associated with the revetment grading and comparing this to the wave return periods predicted in the storm analysis.

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Mike Rodd

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Mike has more than 30 years' experience in all design aspects of major water transfer systems, covering the complete range from the initial conceptual development of a transfer scheme based on the hydraulic analysis through to the design optimisation of both the system and the principal components, and the detailed design coordination of these projects. This includes the use of appropriate pipe materials and or open channel type options depending on the hydraulic conditions and terrain constraints together with the appropriate balance of pumping and or relift systems as part of the optimisation process.

Technical Leader
+61 2 6113 3482
E: Mike Rodd

GHD Thought Leadership

Below is a selection of technical papers and presentations by members of GHD’s Water Transmission & Distribution team.

2015 papers

GHD Library

The GHD library is a collection of relevant resources to this service line.