This project replaced more than 47,000 linear feet of piping, or about 20% of the city’s aging water system infrastructure. This upgrade provided a more stable water supply to the customers and decreased the exposure to potentially harmful contaminants.
Lochmueller Group (Lochgroup) began with a comprehensive study of the city’s water treatment, storage, and distribution system. The study, including modeling of the system, assessed the system to determine adequacy to meet existing and projected demands. Alternative sources of water were evaluated including the development of a groundwater source to supplement or replace the existing surface water supply. Lochgroup was successful in helping the city secure various sources of capital to make this project happen, including grants and loans through USDA Rural Development and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Lochgroup then designed the improvements and provided construction administration.
Bicknell hired Lochmueller Group (Lochgroup) to study ways to improve the city’s water supply and distribution system and draft a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER). Lochgroup designed 11,700 linear feet of new 12-inch PVC water pipeline and 1,800 lf of small-diameter mains and services in the highest priority areas. Lochgroup oversaw all phases of the project including design, permitting, bidding, construction administration, and resident inspection.
The city’s primary distribution line was constructed along SR 67 and contained five separate crossings beneath the highway, requiring close coordination with the Indiana Department of Transportation. Other permits included Indiana Department of Environmental Management Drinking Water Construction Permit and Knox County Cut Road Permit.