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Secure Water Supply for UBC Cheng, Jordan; Garmaeva, Oiuna; Gu, Kevin; Hsu, Andy; Song, James; Zhuang, Carol


GTEN Engineering Consultants are pleased to present the final technical design for the UBC Water Supply System in the following report. It is important to supply safe drinking water in all situations, especially with the growth of the UBC campus. Currently, the primary supply of water cannot be guaranteed in all emergency situations from the primary water mains connecting to the Sasamat Reservoir. The purpose of this report is to provide a technical design that meets all design criteria and requirements and provide the details required for the construction of the two water storage tanks. In response to UBC’s concerns, the objective is to secure the water supply in the event of a failure of the current supply system, and the demand for the future population growth by a introducing water storage solution. The key considerations and issues for developing designs include an increasing population, infrastructure constraints, soil geology, materials, technical guidelines, cost, environmental issues, and community impacts. The final design of the Water Supply System consists of two separate storage tanks with capacities of 9,000,000 L and 6,125,000 L. The first tank is located under University Village field, and the second tank is located under Rashpal Dhillon Track and Field Oval. The storage capacity provides drinking water to 24,000 people for up to three days. Two separate tanks allow a more resilient life to the community. Construction will begin on April 23rd, 2018 and be completed by July 5th, 2018. The total cost of the project of the selected design is $5,200,000, which includes the cost of initial planning as well as the completion of construction. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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