The City of Atlanta water system supplies approximately 1.2 million people with safe drinking water, including commuter populations, business and industry, sensitive customers such as universities and hospitals, and the world’s busiest airport. The system is experiencing the expected challenges associated with a growing population and aging infrastructure. As part of the 5-year requirements set forth by the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District, the Department of Watershed Management (DWM) engaged R2T to provide a new Water Master Plan (WMP), which considered all components of its water supply system.
R2T has managed and executed all phases of the WMP development. We conducted numerous workshops with DWM staff to establish existing conditions for the raw water system, treatment facilities, and distribution network, including the soon-to-be-operational Quarry Water Storage Facility and its associated tunnel and pump stations. We provided planning for source water protection, regulatory review, and assessments of new treatment technologies in light of possible future regulatory changes. We also incorporated our previously-delivered distribution system demand forecasts to consider the water system as a whole. R2T supported DWM in engaging external and regional stakeholders, including leading workshops with retail and wholesale jurisdictions, neighboring utilities, and advocacy groups.
With the foundations of planning laid, R2T developed project recommendations for the near-term (next 5 years), 2030, and 2060 planning horizons. Projects were developed to meet the goals of DWM’s Strategic Plan 2022, as well as additional goals and drivers intended to see the City recognized as a leader in the water industry. Supporting the project report are detailed justifications in the form of project sheets, cost breakdowns, and triple-bottom-line analysis to streamline moving from planning, to funding, to construction. We are pleased to boast of positive feedback and a project on course for completion on time and under budget.