Schuylkill County Municipal Authority

Storage Tank and Waterline Extensions

Schuylkill County, PA

Benesch helped Schuylkill County Municipal Authority (SCMA) develop a two-phased approach to serve potable water to the Mahanoy Business Park. The first phase included installation of approximately 20,000 LF of 8-inch and 12-inch watermain and a new 500,000-gallon pedosphere water storage tank. The 20,000-foot extension was made to feed the new storage tank designed for the project.

Benesch initially conducted a hydraulic model using Bentley’s WaterCADD V8 to verify existing conditions and then assess the impact of the proposed alternatives on the system operations. The design incorporated fire hydrant assemblies and service connections for existing customers along the route as well as connection stubs and fittings for possible future growth areas as defined by SCMA. A mixing system was also designed and installed in the new tank. Benesch completed the design effort and obtained permits/approvals. Benesch also completed the funding applications and administered the funding program with funds from various sources.

The final portion of the project included the design and installation of approximately 2,000 LF of 12-inch watermain from the pedosphere storage tank to the business park parcel, including 400 LF of 36-inch diameter bore and jack main installation under Interstate 81.

Project highlights

  • 220,000+ LF of installed waterline
  • 500,000-gallon pedosphere storage tank
  • Various funding sources: PENNVEST loan, PA DCED CFA PennWorks & Small Water and Sewer Grant Program