City of Red Wing

City Council Approves Water Model Distribution Study

Wednesday, July 28 2010 12:00 AM
On July 26th, the Red Wing City Council authorized staff to execute a contract with SEH to assist with the development of a computer model of the water distribution system and to develop and analyze alternatives to improve the water supply and pressure in portions of the east end of the City.

Portions of the eastern section of the City of Red Wing were found to have low water pressure during routine flow testing by the Fire Department earlier this year. Public Works developed a detailed Request for Qualifications and solicited information from four engineering firms. All four firms have expertise in the development of distribution system hydraulic computer models and the engineering analyzes necessary to identify potential solutions. Representatives of three of the firms met with staff to review the project needs and the City's objectives.

A selection committee consisting of representatives from Public Works, Engineering and the Fire Department reviewed the proposals and determined that the information submitted by SEH demonstrated that they not only had extensive experience, but also had developed a preliminary work plan that will allow Staff to participate and become proficient in the modeling procedures. This will reduce the cost for this specific evaluation and will allow staff to keep this model current and use it on a routine basis to analyze options for proposed service extensions or improvement to the current distribution system. The model also has the capability to allow optimization alternative pumping strategies, main sizing and distribution system troubleshooting.