Pioneering Aspects in Design and Construction
What was the City of Muskego's issue or challenge?
The City of Muskego needed a new well that could produce between 500 and 700 gmp. This production would alleviate dependence on water from older wells. The site was identified in planning, however, iron levels exceed normal.
The City knew it had to pursue other options, however, most of the results had exponentially higher costs.
How did R/M assist Muskego in solving the problem?
We proposed to conduct a pilot study to determine the treatment capacity of an iron filter. A filter that could treat the well’s increased capacity, but also be able to fit inside the building. The DNR approved operations at a rate of 6gpm/s.f. rather than the previous 3 gpm/s.f. The ability to stay within the footprint of the proposed well building save literally millions of dollars for the City. The 70,000 gallon iron filter tucks neatly into the building.
While the design of the facility fit well into the residential neighborhood a major exterior challenge remained. How could the City do routine maintenance to the well when it involved driving a well rig up to the front door? We solved this issue by installing porous pavement underneath the front lawn. This allows heavy machinery to drive to the facility, without damaging the 'front yard'.
How has Muskego benefited from Well No. 13?
The ability for Muskego to site their public works building in a residential area, without lowering adjacent property values is very beneficial. This type of structure virtually eliminates location restrictions for siting wells and pump stations. Rather than trying to locate strictly functional buildings at remote or industrialized sites – those “out of sight, out of mind” spots – these public buildings fit seamlessly into the landscape, increasing the City's options for increased efficiencies and long-term savings.
The pilot study approved by the WDNR allowed Muskego to option their iron filter sizes. The traditional filter was not in line with City needs. New technology associated with iron removal was perfect for this project.