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UBC Emergency Water Supply System Colin, Irving; Gordon, Erin; Henderson, Meaghan; Menezes, Wolvi; Mung, Dorothy; Pan, Wendy; Scott, Jeremy


Aquastor Inc. has been selected to design an emergency water supply system for the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver Campus. There is currently no water supply on campus and failure of existing supply lines from Metro Vancouver would result in no water supply in the area. Aquastor has designed a resilient system to provide the campus with water during emergency situations. Based on current and future use, and applications of World Health Organization and AWWA Guidelines, a capacity of 10 million litres has been selected. Aquastor’s design consists of two five million litre reinforced concrete tanks, constructed underneath UBC’s Ken Woods Field. A secant pile wall system will resist lateral loading, while a friction pile foundation system will increase earthquake resistance and bearing capacity. Construction will take approximately six months, with estimated completion in October 2018. The overall cost of the project is $12.8 million. The completed project will provide emergency water supplies to the Vancouver campus, while minimally impacting the environment and surrounding areas. The design is extremely resilient and has a high factor of safety, and is the best option for this design. 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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