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Join Us at the NEWWA Spring Conference & Exhibition

Our team of engineers will be presenting on several topics during technical sessions on April 6 & 7. Register for the conference to be part of the conversation and connect with us.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Session 3 Dams 9:30 AM — 11:30 AM

“The Abbey Brook Restoration Project” DAVID AZINHEIRA, P.E., CFM, Senior Engineer, Tighe & Bond, Westfield, MA, and NATHAN MOREAU, Assistant Planner, Department of Planning & Development, Chicopee, MA

The Abbey Brook Restoration project is a multi-phase ecological restoration/resiliency project currently in design/permitting that will include two dam removals, a drastic culvert upsizing, and the daylighting of a piped urban stream. The necessity to remove one of the dams was a catalyst for the City to take a broader view to improve public amenities, water quality, resiliency, the ecology of the brook, and the centerpiece of its park system.

Session 8 Young Professionals 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM

“Two Towns, One District: A Story of Permitting Multiple Projects for the Dracut Water Supply District” MARY DANIELSON, P.E., Project Engineer, Tighe & Bond, Worcester, MA

The Dracut Water Supply District (DWSD) is a municipal entity established in 1905 that supplies water to customers within Tyngsborough and Dracut, Massachusetts. DWSD recently completed a master plan which revealed several critical infrastructure projects including: an iron and manganese treatment plant in Tyngsborough; a new storage tank in Dracut on DCR property; and a transmission main project throughout both communities. This presentation will explore the complex state and local permitting process and lessons learned for successful project delivery.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Session 16 Distribution III 1:30 PM — 3:30 PM

“Lee Water Main Upgrades – Challenges from Abandoned Industrial Clients” Samantha Nyser, E.I.T., Staff Engineer, Tighe & Bond, Westfield, MA

The Town of Lee, MA, required additional fire flow to be provided to the downtown area to support a mill re-development project. The water main providing the majority of flow to the area was upgraded to 12- inch DI which included pipe jacking under an active railroad. There were three inactive mills in the project area with limited records and complicated connections that brought a variety of challenges throughout design and construction.

Session 18 Management & Finance 1:30 PM — 3:30 PM

“Move Your Capital Plan Forward Using a Transparent and Data-Driven Process” MICHAEL SCHRADER, P.E., Principal Engineer, Tighe & Bond, Westwood, MA

PFAS treatment, growing expenses due to inflation, and Pandemic related uncertainties have made obtaining approval for funding critical system improvements more difficult than ever. Even federal funds such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 will still require debt repayment for many applicants. A long-term capital / financial plan developed using a transparent and data-driven process combined with appropriate rate design can manage cost impacts and start a productive dialogue with decision-makers.