Quinn’s Junction Water Treatment Plant
Construction of the Quinn’s Junction Water Treatment Plant (QJWTP) began during the summer of 2010 and will continue throughout the summer and fall of 2011. Final completion and start up of the QJWTP will be in late 2011/early 2012. This project consists of a main treatment building and a separate maintenance building. The main building will contain all of the water treatment process equipment including piping, valves, membrane filters, finish water pumps and a 155,000 gallon reservoir. The maintenance building will be used by the Water Department to store spare parts such as pipes, valves, meters, and other equipment necessary to maintain the water system. Once online, the QJWTP will treat raw water imported from the Weber River at a rate of up to 3 million gallons per day. The QJWTP design includes provisions for future expansion to a capacity of 9 million gallons per day and space for hydropower turbines.
Raw Water Line Extension Project
The Raw Water Line Extension Project will extend Park City’s Raw Water Line from its current location at the intersection of Sidewinder Drive and Wyatt Earp to the north side of Kearns Boulevard (Hwy 248). The Raw Water Line is a key component of the Park City water system which conveys water from the Weber River near Rockport Reservoir to the new Quinn’s Junction Water Treatment Plant currently under construction. The Raw Water Line extends west from the Treatment Plant along the Rail Trail to Wyatt Earp. In addition to providing water to the new Treatment Plant, the Raw Water Line will provide raw water for outdoor irrigation at golf courses, ball fields, and parks which significantly reduces the amount of treated potable water used. In the future, the Raw Water Line will extend to the west across town and will terminate west of the Park City Municipal Golf Course.
During the summer of 2011, UDOT will be repaving much of Hwy 248 from the Park City High School to Kamas. This proposed work was unknown to Park City’s Water Department until recently. The Water Department would like to take advantage of this schedule and extend the Raw Water Line and a buried fiber optic conduit across Hwy 248 before UDOT’s work is finished. This will allow the water line to be installed using an open cut method rather than a jack and bore method. The open cut method is much simpler, will have the least impact to the community and will result in cost and time savings. The jack and bore method involves excavating large pits on either side of the road way and pushing the pipe under the road. Once the new pavement is installed, the open cut method will not be possible.
Advantages to the Project and Open Cutting Across Kearns
• Cost savings of approximately $50,000.
• Time savings of several weeks.
• Reduced impact to the residents and traffic.
• Provides access to fiber conduit that will provide enhanced communication services to City facilities.
• Expands City’s network infrastructure.
• Allow for future communication opportunities and growth.
Fixed Base Automatic Meter Reading Project
The purpose of the fixed base project is to install radios at each meter site that are capable of transmitting reads remotely to the billing office. This project is 97.5% complete. The majority of the radio installations occurred in summer and fall of 2010, and the remainder of installations will occur this spring after the snow melts.
The Park City water department plans to use this system to more accurately monitor demand, locate leaks on a timely basis, obtain closing reads remotely, and monitor the watering ordinance remotely. In the next phase of the project the City will provide a web interface for customers to access and monitor their individual accounts.
Park City faces unique water quality challenges in potable and stream water quality due to the nature of our sources. These challenges coupled with future trends in increasing regulation and monitoring requirements will require the City to develop and maintain a sophisticated water quality program. Metals continue to be a concern and are being considered through integrated water resource planning.
Water Supply, Storage and Collaboration
Park City is currently participating in the Western Summit County Wholesale Water Importation Project (WSCWWIP) due diligence study. This project will consider a regional water system which local water districts will be able to share resources to meet long term water source and storage needs.
Water Capital Improvement Program
Significant improvements to the water infrastructure system have been constructed over the last 5 - 7 years. Most recently the Rockport importation and treatment project was finished and will come online late winter of 2012. As we look forward, there are many more exciting projects to be completed including renewal and replacement projects, advanced treatment projects, UPDES treatment facilities, and raw water system improvements.