Wednesday 2:00 PM
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Room: Ruby

Design and Construction of a Major Conveyance Project for Water Supply in Northeast Illinois

It has been approximately 10 years since the 17-mile long Illinois American (formerly Citizens Utilities) Lake Water Transmission Project was designed and constructed to bring finished Lake Michigan water for sale to southwest suburban Will County communities including Homer Glen and Bolingbrook. The transmission main consists of a 54-inch diameter trunk section with 42-inch and 36-inch diameter branches, and includes a 40 mgd pumping station and 5 mg storage tank. Currently a number of other similar projects are on the drawing boards to provide the benefits of Lake Michigan water to suburban communities which currently have less dependable sources. This presentation will review the design and construction of this project from an engineering perspective. Topics addressed will include required route selection and modification during design, major tunneled water way crossings, and design and construction of the pipeline through properties owned or controlled by Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Commonwealth Edison, Cook County Forest Preserve District, DuPage County Forest Preserve District, and Argonne National Laboratories.

Moderator:  David Said


Dan Gallagher - MWH Americas, Inc.
Mr. Gallagher is a principal project manager at MWH and has been with the company for over 33 years.  He has a Master’s Degree in Environmental / Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and is a professional engineer in the states of Illinois and Ohio.  He has over 38 years of experience as project manager, project engineer and lead engineer on a variety of projects for municipal clients.  In 1997 – 2001, he was the project manager for both the design and construction phases of the Lake Michigan Water Transmission Main.   Other significant projects that Dan has lead or managed include the O’Hare Modernization Project and the City of Evanston Long Range Relief Sewer Program.