CDM Smith to Design-Build Water Distribution System for Joint Reserve Base

Aug. 8, 2016
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast assigns $17.9 million project

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast selected CDM Smith for a $17.9 million design-build contract for a new water distribution system at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in Belle Chase, La. The project involves the design and installation of new, dedicated lines for flight line non-potable fire protection and domestic potable water distribution; the lines will completely separate the two currently combined systems. This project is critical to support on-going flight training exercises and meet the potable water needs on base.

The base’s existing potable water pipelines are oversized to accommodate fire flow and domestic potable use. They are insufficient to support the base's variable demands for potable and non-potable water. During training, there is often a need for high-volume, short-term, non-potable water flow for fire protection on the flight line.

Domestic potable water demands are maximized on weekends during Navy/Marine Reserve training activities. Weekday potable and non-potable use is limited due to reduced flight operations and a smaller number of base personnel. The oversized water distribution pipes also contribute to lengthy water detention times, whcih decrease the residual chlorine necessary to protect the potable water for safe consumption and result in water stagnation. This is addressed by wasteful flushing to mitigate the decayed water quality.

CDM Smith will perform analysis, field investigation, solution development, computer modeling, permitting, design, construction and testing of the water system repairs so that the potable water system will meet all local, state and federal water quality requirements.

The project will completely separate the existing water distribution system and deliver a fire main system that provides sufficient water to the hangars without affecting domestic water quality. The dedicated distribution pipelines (independent from the flight line fire protection system) will be appropriately sized to meet the potable water and the hydrant fire protection demands.

Construction is scheduled to begin February 2017 and will be completed by June 2017.

Source: CDM Smith