Jones Edmunds provided preliminary engineering, final design, contract document preparation, and bidding- and construction-phase services for the Braden River Utilities (BRU) Reclaimed Water Interconnect Project. The $13-million project brings reclaimed water to Lakewood Ranch, a residential development, from the City of Bradenton and solves the irrigation issues that the development has had since its inception 20 years ago. It also reduces the City’s discharge to the Manatee River.
The project consisted of reclaimed water transmission and distribution lines, pumping facilities, and a storage facility to interconnect with the City of Bradenton reclaimed water system and expand BRU’s irrigation storage transmission system. Jones Edmunds prepared the plans, specifications, and permit applications in five separate bidding packages, including hydraulic modeling of the reclaimed water transmission system.
The total length of the project consisted of approximately 49,000 feet of 20-inch transmission main and 4,900 feet of 16-inch and 4,600 feet of 12-inch distribution mains. The project also included a new pump station capable of delivering a minimum of 1,400 gpm (2 MGD) and a maximum of 4,200 gpm (6 MGD) at the City’s 2-million-gallon ground storage tank at the River Run Golf Course. Approximately 5,000 feet of existing 16-inch ductile iron and PVC pipe crossing the Braden River were reused. Due to the heavily congested route, the pipeline required many horizontal directional drills, including a 2,400-foot drill under I-75.
As a multi-jurisdictional, private-public partnership, this project was co-funded by BRU and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), and the City of Bradenton provided assets, including the River Run Pump Station and a 4,200-foot section of existing 16-inch diameter transmission pipe.
In 2014, this project was named the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) SunCoast Branch Project of the Year.