T-Bar Ranch Well Field Project Receives Public-Private Partnership Award

Black & Veatch EPC Project Recognized for Innovation in Water Supply Management

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| Source: Black & Veatch Holding Company

DENVER, July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships today recognized the T-Bar Well Field project with its 2014 Infrastructure Project Award. Developed in response to a multi-year drought, the EPC project has the capacity to deliver 20 million gallons of water daily to the city of Midland, Texas. Black & Veatch in conjunction with Garney Construction and Parkhill, Smith and Cooper was part of a public-to-public partnership led by Midland County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1, on behalf of the City of Midland.

Completed in less than 12 months, the project brings fresh water from a 7,000 acre new raw water well field located 60 miles west of Midland. Forty-four wells were drilled to depths up to 650 feet to supply the new source water. Water from the well field is then conveyed to the city through a 58-mile pipeline. The project also includes a well field tank designed to store 2 million gallons of water.

"Black & Veatch is thrilled that the T-Bar Well Field project has been recognized for its innovative approach to water supply management," said Todd Larson, Director of Commercial & Risk Management within Black & Veatch's water business. "This was a collaborative EPC project that required each group to work closely together through every phase of the project. This effort allowed the project team to meet its aggressive timeline and deliver water to the City."

Black & Veatch, including Overland Contracting, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, was responsible for the complete design, procurement and construction of the production wells, high-service pumping stations, storage tanks, chlorination facilities and terminal control facilities. Black & Veatch's consortium partner, Garney Construction, built the 58-mile water transmission pipe from the well field to Midland. The project is expected to provide Midland with a water supply solution for the next 40 years.

Editor's Notes:

  • Since 2010, the area around Midland, Texas, has suffered from extreme to severe drought. Midland depends on three surface reservoirs. Two are dry; the third is below 50 percent capacity.
  • The region has adopted water restrictions and drought contingency plans.
  • Construction began on June 1, 2012 and required that 20 million gallons of emergency water per day be available by the end of May 2013.

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About NCPPP

The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1985. The Council is a forum for the brightest ideas and innovators in the partnership arena. Its growing list of public and private sector members, with experience in a wide variety of public-private partnership arrangements, and its diverse training and public education programs represent vital core resources for partnering nationwide. The Council's members bring an unmatched dedication to providing the most productive and cost-effective public services.

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