Cernech Reservoir & Pump Station

Location: Kansas City, Kan.

Client: Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities

Completion Date: 2006

The 2001 Master Plan Update for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) established future requirements for system storage and pumping capacity within individual system service levels. The plan recommended a pump station and reservoir to be located within the vicinity of the existing water treatment plant to serve the western service level which has experienced the majority of growth in system demands.

This assignment by BPU is critical due to the projected increase in the future peak demands anticipated for the service level. Burns & McDonnell worked with BPU to evaluate the current service level demands, update and predict future service levels demands, evaluate system operation with current pump station and addition of the new facilities, and the selection of pump, motor, and transmission main design criteria.

Initially, Burns & McDonnell completed a siting study for the storage reservoir and pump station. The location of the new facilities was critical to ensure proper operation with the existing system hydraulic grade lines, treatment facilities, and the pump station within the service level. Burns & McDonnell assisted BPU in gathering input from land owners and in the presentation of the project at public meetings.

The project required a multidisciplined effort to design the reservoir, pump station and transmission main. Bidding and construction phase services will include the review of the contractor’s submittals and periodic visits to the site during construction, in addition to full-time project resident representative services during the tank and pump station construction.

The pump station design initially includes the specification of four 10-million-gallon-per-day (MGD), 500 hp, variable-speed, horizontal centrifugal pumps, and the mechanical, SCADA, and electrical systems to support their operation. Other design services include geotechnical, site grading and drainage, access roadway, parking lot, retaining walls and development of an opinion of probable cost for the three phases of the project.

  • 30-MGD pump station
  • 6-MG storage reservoir
  • 34,000 linear feet of 48- and 36-inch pipeline
  • Aesthetic design features
  • Emergency power generation with sound attenuation
  • Design plans and specifications
  • Construction phase services