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Ward County Water Supply Project, 2014
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Ward County Water Supply Project - Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award 2014

The Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD)’s Ward County Water Supply Project, implemented after the record drought of 2010-2011, supplies 30 million gallons of water a day to Odessa, Midland, San Angelo, Big Spring, Snyder and other water supply customers. Freese and Nichols, Inc. engineered the collection and water transmission system, which includes 21 groundwater wells, 66 miles of pipeline, four pump stations and other facilities. Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (Albuquerque, NM) acted as civil engineering consultant for the well field expansion.


Four construction firms were contracted for the project, including Garney Construction (Kansas City, MO), who acted as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR); S.J. Louis Construction of Texas Ltd (Mansfield, TX); Oscar Renda Contracting (Roanoke, TX); and Hydro Resources (Sugar Land, TX). Because of emergency water needs, several innovative concepts were utilized in order to expedite the total project timeline, including resource scheduling, modular construction, CMAR delivery method, simplified equipment specifications and use of locally available materials. The project was designed and constructed in less than 18 months, and completed two weeks ahead of schedule and $25 million (20%) under budget. Concurrent with one of the largest oil booms in decades, the timely completion of this water supply project was of critical importance to the vitality of West Texas and the nation’s economy. 

Owner: Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD)

Engineer: Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Photo: Freese and Nichols, Inc.
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