Waukesha's Great Water Alliance Program Solves Public Health Crisis


San Francisco, CA, Nov. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TYLin, a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, in partnership with Greeley and Hansen, A TYLin Company, announces the successful completion of the Great Water Alliance Program. In a first-of-its-kind achievement, 100% of the residents and businesses of the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin, have seamlessly transitioned from a contaminated groundwater source to the sustainable waters of Lake Michigan under the Great Lakes Compact. This accomplishment marks a defining moment in safeguarding public health, environmental stewardship, and long-term water security for Waukesha's 72,000 residents. It also sets an industry precedent for solving water quality and scarcity challenges in at-risk communities across the Great Lakes region.

The Waukesha Water Utility (WWU) faced a critical challenge when the depletion of its primary source of drinking water, the St. Peter Sandstone aquifer, increased concentrations of radium and other contaminants. Working alongside WWU, Greeley and Hansen acted as program manager to plan, design, construct, and commission a resilient water infrastructure system with a 100-year design life. Greeley and Hansen's design enabled a net-zero water balance with the Lake Michigan watershed. The firm's innovative approach, cost-sharing initiatives with neighboring counties and cities, securing USD 137 million of WIFIA funding at very low interest rates, and highly effective public communications plan kept the project on time and USD 4 million under budget.

Incredibly, there were near zero complaints from residents and businesses during the transition, which speaks volumes about the program's success and the exceptional collaboration of all stakeholders, including city officials, regulatory bodies, and the dedicated professionals who worked tirelessly to make this vision a reality.

The multi-year, multimillion-dollar program required substantial new infrastructure, including weaving 36 miles of transmission and force mains through urban environments already congested with existing utilities; water supply and return flow pumping stations; outfall facilities; water supply connections; two ground storage reservoirs; a water tower; chemical feed facilities; and distribution system improvements. The program required route studies, hydraulic modeling, water quality analysis, the timely procurement of over 90 permits, and coordination across seven communities, two counties, and multiple federal agencies. Greeley and Hansen designed the system to meet the city's needs 50+ years from now.

The Great Water Alliance Program, with its adaptable and forward-thinking approach, set new standards for community engagement, agency collaboration, and engineering excellence. It is not just a water infrastructure project; it's a groundbreaking model that will influence future water supply initiatives and regional programs.

About TYLin:

Founded in 1954, TYLin is a globally recognized, full-service infrastructure consulting firm committed to providing innovative, cost-effective, constructible designs for the global infrastructure market. With 3,200 employees working in 65 offices throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe, the firm provides support on projects of varying size and complexity. TYLin is a member of Dar Group, one of the world's leading architecture, engineering, project management, and energy consultancy groups. For more information about the company, please visit www.tylin.com.

About Greeley and Hansen, A TYLin Company:

Founded in Chicago in 1914, Greeley and Hansen is an award-winning global engineering, architecture, and consulting firm solely dedicated to providing sustainable engineering solutions for a broad range of water and wastewater challenges. With more than 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation, the firm has grown to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. Serving clients throughout the Americas, Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments that improve public health, safety, and the overall quality of life. Greeley and Hansen's first client — Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago — remains a key client today, 109 years later, along with a stellar roster of other world-class municipal water utilities and industrial clients.


Michael Luhning
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