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.

Services:

  • 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/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/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

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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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Aerodrome Road Stormwater Upgrade

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In May 2005, floods affected the northern region of Tauranga city resulting in the inundation of many properties.  In response to the flooding, Tauranga City Council implemented a city-wide Storm Recovery Programme. A major component of the Storm Recovery Programme was the Aerodrome Road Stormwater Catchment Upgrade, which began in September 2006 with capital works forecast at $5.6 million.

The Aerodrome Road stormwater catchment is widespread, covering 26 hectares in Mount Maunganui.  The environment is particularly complex as the catchment’s drainage flowed west via open drains and pipelines between buildings on private property to the harbour at the Port of Tauranga.  As this drainage was in a developed area, the upgrade could not be realistically undertaken without disruption to existing property owners and occupiers, and at a considerable cost to ratepayers.

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Ammonia Phosphorus Removal, Metropolitan Syracuse Treatment Plant Onondaga County, New York USA

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In partnership with two other firms GHD was retained by Onondaga County, New York to provide engineering services in connection with the design and construction of improvements to its 84 million-gallon-per day Metropolitan (METRO) wastewater treatment plant, with the objective of upgrading the level of wastewater treatment provided for ammonia and phosphorus removal.

The project established that the facility, which provided conventional secondary treatment (with seasonal nitrification and phosphorus removal to less than 1.0 mg/L), needed to be upgraded to provide year-round ammonia removal (1.0 mg/L as N for June 1st to October 31st, and 2.0 mg/L for November 1st to May 31st), and phosphorus removal to 0.12 mg/L TP for a 12-month rolling average.

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Black Mountain Road Pipeline

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GHD was the lead design firm performing civil engineering and site development design for Archer Western Contractors on the Black Mountain Road Pipelines Project. The project involves construction of approximately five miles of 36-inch through 48-inch potable water transmission pipeline from Mira Mesa to Rancho Penasquitos in San Diego. The project also involves construction of two miles of 24-inch reclaimed waterline paralleling the potable water pipeline along much of the alignment. Included in the project are a tunnel crossing of Los Penasquitos Creek to minimize impact to sensitive habitat, complex traffic control required due to the alignment following high traffic volume roads and coordination with CALTRANS for crossing freeway right of way.

During preparation of the documentation required for the selection process, GHD, Foxfire and Archer Western worked together to develop plans and specifications to allow development of a construction sequencing plan, detailed traffic control plans, material quantity takeoff, and construction bid.

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Clear Harbour Alliance

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Eastern pipeline

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The Eastern Pipeline connects existing wastewater treatment plants and three new advanced water treatment plants, and transfers the purified recycled water produced to end users at Bundamba in Queensland.

As part of the high-performing Eastern Pipeline Alliance, GHD informed the strategy and implementation of the Eastern Pipeline design. The pipeline needed to cross approximately 50 major roads and water courses (including the Brisbane River) and traverse multiple urbanised areas with minimal community disruption.

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Enlarged Cotter Dam, Australia

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A prolonged drought during the late 1990s and early 2000s tested the security of the ACT water supply. In response to this a number of options to increase the reliability of the system during extreme droughts were considered.

GHD was engaged in 2004-2005 to undertake a study to investigate options for the augmentation of the ACT water supply. This initially included the consideration of three potential dam sites and associated pipelines, pumping stations and water treatment plants. The scope was subsequently widened to consider options involving the transfer of water from the Murrumbidgee River to the catchment of the existing Googong Dam. 

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HBMWD Turbidity Reduction Facility

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Designed for our oldest client in Northern California, this water treatment facility was named Project of the Year by both the California Water Environment Association and American Society of Civil Engineers.

GHD provided civil and structural design and construction management and inspection services for of the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District’s Turbidity Reduction Facility (TRF) located on the Mad River in Arcata, CA.

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Hunua 4 Watermain

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The Hunua project is the biggest water pipeline project undertaken in New Zealand for many years and involves 30 kilometres of 1.3 to 1.9 metre diameter steel pipeline traversing Manukau and Auckland cities. It involves the crossing of Manukau Harbour, three motorways, three railway lines, a creek and eight streams.

GHD was engaged in 2005 to carry out an options study for a new watermain from ‘southern sources’ to ‘city centre’.  As a result of a competitive tender, GHD was jointly awarded the design contract in strategic partnership with engineering consultancy CH2M Beca in 2008. GHD services include:

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Renewing assets

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Eco-friendly industrial park sets new benchmarks

Dandenong LOGIS is a 150-hectare industrial development south-east of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.

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Repair shoreline revetment, Diego Garcia

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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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Scottsdale Booster Station

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Scottsdale Booster Station

The City of Scottsdale commissioned GHD to design Booster Pump Station Number 179 (BPS179) to provide water pressure to the downtown Scottsdale area. The station serves as a dual purpose facility. It supplies potable water at a higher pressure to serve new high rise commercial and residential condominium projects.  It also serves as a link to the downtown arts district. The project’s architecture complements the atmosphere of downtown Scottsdale.

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Shepparton Water Use Audits (Vic, Australia)

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GHD was commissioned to undertake water use audits of 50 council sites for Greater Shepparton City Council (GSCC).

Data was collected via site investigations, review of existing documents, billing information indicating water usage and relevant GSCC representatives under each water use category.

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University Water System Improvements, Cornell University

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Cornell University’s main campus consists of over 745 acres of laboratories, administrative buildings, classrooms, museums, athletic facilities and student housing. The University’s water system serves over 19,000 students and 14,000 staff and faculty.

The main campus is expanding into an area at a higher elevation than the University’s aged water distribution system is capable of serving. To facilitate this growth, the University sought to demolish two existing steel tanks and construct one concrete storage tank with the same capacity as the two tanks being demolished (1.5 MG) at another location.

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Washington Suburban Asset Management (Md, USA)

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The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) appointed GHD to lead the provision of asset management services in support of master planning and enterprise resource planning initiatives.

WSSC is the eighth largest water and wastewater utility in the USA, owning USD$12 billion of infrastructure assets. While instituting a range of short-term measures to combat the increasing incidence of water main breaks and leaks, WSSC is also taking a long-range strategic approach to address the growing challenge of ageing infrastructure.

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Waterproofing the South Stage 1

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GHD was engaged as the lead consultant for the detailed design of two wetlands, two detention basins, a 93 ML storage dam at Wilfred Taylor Reserve and approximately 18 km of non-potable water distribution network to harvest 850 ML per annum of stormwater runoff from the Christie Creek catchment.

The scope of the project includes:

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Western Corridor Recycled Water Project (Qld, Australia)

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The AUD$2.5 billion Western Corridor Recycled Water Project is Australia’s largest water recycling scheme and the third-largest advanced water treatment project in the world.

It uses secondary wastewater from Brisbane and Ipswich, to produce 232Ml of purified recycled water a day. The project is the Queensland State Government’s response to unprecedented demand on its water supply due to population growth, climate change and the worst drought in recorded history.

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Western Pipeline

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The Western Pipeline transports purified recycled water 80km from the advanced water treatment plant at Bundamba to the Tarong Power Station via Caboonbah. It also supplements water storage levels at the nearby Lake Wivenhoe reservoir.

The fast-track nature of the project demanded flexible, innovative design techniques. The Western Pipeline Alliance responded by using surge analysis models to optimise pipeline design that provided a 60 percent reduction in on-site welding and significantly reduced project times and costs.

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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.

Acting Service Line Leader
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+61 2 6113 3482

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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.