Water Reclamation for Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

Academic Year 
2014-2015
College/Department 
College of Engineering - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Partner 

The City of Iowa City Wastewater Division provides irrigation water from treated wastewater effluent to the nearby soccer fields. Recent improvements have increased the quality and quantity of the reclaimed water. The Division has recently decommissioned an 8" force main that runs along South Gilbert Street. The pipeline could be repurposed to supply irrigation water to park areas along Gilbert Street, such as Napoleon Park and Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. These areas are currently use "drinking water" as the irrigation supply. Repurposed pumps from the decommissioned North Plant may also be utilized to construct an effective system. Engineering students calculated the area needing irrigation along with the volume of water needed. Pump sizes, electrical service, and a design plan estimating construction and operational costs were the deliverables. This project will reduce water demand, energy consumption, and costs.