The City of Houston’s Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP) Expansion Project is a design-build project that will add 320 million gallons per day (mgd) by 2024 to the existing water plant’s capacity. The expansion project will allow the City and the regional water authorities to meet projected demands, while fulfilling requirements set by the Harris-Galveston and Fort Bend Subsidence Districts resulting in a shift from historical groundwater usage to a predominant reliance on surface water.

​Construction on the $1.7 billion project started in early 2018 and has been called the largest expansion project in the world. The NEWPP expansion is required to comply with subsidence district rules for conversion from groundwater to surface water supply, resulting in a reduction of the subsidence rate.  Features of the project include the design, construction and commissioning of:

  • Intake pump station
  • Twin 108-inch transmission mains
  • Pre- and post-treatment chemical addition
  • Flocculation/sedimentation basins
  • Ozone treatment
  • Filtration
  • Finished water storage tanks
  • High service pumping station

Stiver Engineering provided construction consulting through the following designs for contractors working on the NEWPP Project:

  • Shoring design for 10,200 LF of twin 108-in.-dia. raw water transmission mains in common trench at a depth of 18 ft. to 40 ft.
  • Pipe buoyancy calculations for the 38,000 CY of controlled low strength material (CLSM) backfill.
  • Entry shaft, exit shaft and tunnel design for the 360-LF, 132-in.-dia. tunnel using liner plate.
  • Shoring design for the filter/transfer pump station.

To help secure the Baltimore, Maryland City’s water supply, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works is covering a considerable portion of Druid Lake and installing two large underground water tanks.  Druid Lake holds filtered and treated water that is ready to be sent to consumers. To protect this drinking water supply, two covered storage tanks, holding more than 50 million gallons of drinking water, will be constructed underground on the western end of the lake.  The estimated project cost is $140 million and is expected to be completed in March of 2022.  Stiver Engineering provided the excavation plans and shoring plans for the installation of the two underground water storage tanks.  The tanks are approximately 400 ft. and 500 ft. diameter and will be installed 40 ft. below natural grade.  Stiver Engineering provided construction consulting through a sloped earth design along with a soil nail and shotcrete wall design where sloping was not feasible.

The purpose of the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project is to provide additional surface water supplies to end users that utilize water from Lake Houston.  Additional surface water supplies will be transferred from the Trinity River to Lake Houston via the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project to meet the increased demand for surface water.  There are currently no conveyance facilities to provide raw Trinity River water to the Northeast Water Purification Plant, which treats water from Lake Houston. The Northeast Water Purification Plant is vital in providing treated surface water to City of Houston customers  and previous studies have shown that Lake Houston and Northeast Water Purification Plant cannot meet future demands at their current capacity.  Transfer of additional raw water supplies to Lake Houston and future expansion of treatment capacity at the Northeast Water Purification Plant is required to allow for the mandatory conversion from groundwater to surface water. The Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project will provide the additional raw water resources necessary to satisfy these demands. The City of Houston, Texas holds permits to divert raw water at a maximum rate of 775 cubic feet per second (approximately 500 million gallons per day) from the Capers Ridge site to Lake Houston.

The Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project includes the Capers Ridge Pump Station located on the Trinity River in Liberty County, 3 miles of dual 96 inch diameter pipelines, and 23.5 miles of earthen canal system.  The pump station will be located on the Trinity River. The pipeline will extend west southwest approximately 3 miles along a geological ridge (Capers Ridge). The pipeline will then outfall into the sedimentation basin at the start of the canal. The canal will outfall into the lower reaches of Luce Bayou, which flows into the northeastern corner of Lake Houston.

Stiver Engineering was retained by the contractor to provide construction consulting through a cofferdam design for the construction of the Capers Ridge Pump Station.  Stiver Engineering also provided excavation plans for the installation of the proposed dual 96 inch diameter outlet piping.

The largest of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) new water supply projects is an off-channel reservoir that is being constructed near the Texas Gulf Coast. The project will be the first significant new water supply reservoir developed in the lower Colorado River basin in decades. The Lane City Reservoir will be constructed off the main channel of the Colorado River, near Lane City in Wharton County.  The reservoir will add up to 90,000 acre-feet of firm water to the region’s supply.  Firm water is water that can be counted on without shortage even during a repeat of the worst drought conditions in the region’s history.  The Highland Lakes were created to manage floods on the Colorado River and to provide a sustainable source of water for the basin as a whole. The Lane City Reservoir is the first project that will allow LCRA to capture and store significant amounts of water downstream of the Highland Lakes.  The new reservoir will benefit the entire basin by helping reduce the amount of water otherwise required to be released from the Highland Lakes.

Stiver Engineering was retained by the contractor to provide construction consulting through excavation plans for the reservoir inlet/outlet structure, a permanent sheet pile shoring system in the Colorado River around the vertical intake pumps, miscellaneous structural design, excavation consulting  and dewatering consulting.

The City of San Antonio, Texas is completing one of its largest flood control construction projects to date, a multimillion dollar effort to improve storm water drainage into Woodlawn Lake by replacing the existing channel with a new channel of greater capacity in order to remove numerous private properties and public infrastructure from the 100 year flood plain, which experienced catastrophic flooding in 2002.

The construction of Phase 2 of the Seeling Channel Improvements project includes completing the channel work from near Wilson Boulevard to Morning Glory Drive and features the demolition and replacement of 2,470 lineal feet of existing concrete channel and 2 concrete vehicular bridges which cross the channel at Huisache Avenue and Morning Glory Drive.  The excavation for the new cast in place concrete channel structure averages 60 feet wide by 15 feet deep and is supported by an engineered steel beam and wood lagging shoring system in order to accommodate the limited work area access between the channel and adjacent private properties.

In advance of the new concrete channel and bridge improvements, existing underground potable water and sewer lines were kept in service while the installation of new replacement underground utilities took place.  New underground utilities include 3,500 lineal feet of 8 inch to 16 inch water line, 2,500 lineal feet of 30 inch sewer line and 350 lineal feet of 24 inch to 60 inch storm drain line.

Stiver Engineering provided the contractor with construction consulting through the design of the steel beam and wood lagging shoring system that the channel walls were poured against.