Water Systems - Transmission, Distribution,
and Storage



USI engineers have extensive experience analyzing and evaluating water transmission and distribution systems for rural development associations, municipal water systems and regional water districts. With state–of–the–art software such as WaterCAD, H2Onet and KYPipe, we can perform extended-period simulations of systems that range Transmission Line Picturefrom simple to complex, including those with multiple hydraulic pressure planes that utilize control valves, storage tanks and booster–pump stations.


Our engineers have planned and designed hundreds of miles of raw and potable water transmission and distribution pipelines. Pipeline materials utilized have varied from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), to ductile iron (DIP), to steel, to prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP).


USI engineers have designed raw and potable water-pumping stations utilizing centrifugal and vertical turbine pumps with capacities from a few hundred gallons per minute up to 40 million gallons per day. These facilities feature variable-frequency drives with PLC controls, standby power generation and surge–control equipment.


Today’s complex designs give managers the ability to remotely operate and manage their treatment plants and distribution systems. Our engineers are skilled at designing such networks, featuring supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and distributed control systems (DCS) that utilize fiber optics, telemetry and radio transmission.


USI engineers are proficient at developing and designing potable water storage tanks. We have experience in designing prestressed–concrete, welded–steel and composite tanks ranging in size from a few thousand gallons to 10 million gallons in capacity and include ground–storage and elevated tanks. USI engineers also are experienced in designing water storage tanks in seismic zones.