Ohio River Water System Project

Our client was looking for an innovative way to address their water needs for well completion activities. They enlisted the help of RETTEW to evaluate reliable sources and implement an effective conveyance system. The decided plan was to use a relatively uninterruptable source: the Ohio River.

RETTEW developed and permitted a 20-mile pipeline route, designed a conveyance line capable of 80 barrels per minute at pressures exceeding 400 pounds per square inch, designed two pump stations including control strategy, implemented alternative power usage, and managed the construction efforts for this high-profile project. Projects in this region require special consideration because of topographical challenges, sensitive environmental features, and infrastructure crossings. Because this project was on a tight schedule for completion, RETTEW’s staff focused on long lead items, permit requirements, and utility demands to minimize any construction delays. Careful planning allowed us to complete the project with water flowing in less than ten months, in spite of more than 60 days of rain that slowed construction. The installation of this pipeline enabled the client to reduce truck traffic by 400,000 trips a year, decreasing damage to public roads and increasing public safety. The monetary benefit to the client was also substantial, with an estimated savings of $600,000 per well completion.


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