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Arcadis, design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, was chosen to update the Comprehensive Water Master Plan for the City of Columbus, Ohio. Arcadis will conduct a broad assessment of the entire water system and develop recommendations beyond the current plan’s 2040 horizon.

Smart Columbus, the smart city initiative for Columbus and the Columbus region, has emerged as a primary driver for growth. In the next 30 years, central Ohio is projected to see as many as one million new residents. The plan will address new infrastructure, redundancy measures, and needed enhancements to the city’s water distribution system, while accounting for projected population growth and economic development.

The assessment will include:

  • Population and planning projections, service area growth, and raw water supply and demand.
  • Efficiency measures and smart water solutions to source supply and treatment needs.
  • Evaluation of size, treatment, transmission, and redundancy alternatives for a potential fourth water treatment plant.
  • Updates to the city’s drought management strategy.

“Columbus is rapidly becoming a destination for businesses to relocate and for families and individuals seeking a high quality of life,” says Arcadis Project Manager Jim Hays. “With this growth comes the need to safeguard a reliable, adequate and high-quality water supply. Arcadis is proud to continue its partnership with the city to provide a strategy for a secure water future.”