A Collaboration Decades in the Making
McGill attends the Bessemer City-Gastonia Water Pump Station Dedication Ceremony
Along with leaders from both municipalities, McGill team members gathered at Gastonia City Hall for a dedication ceremony in honor of the new water pump station that has been in the works for decades.
During the drought of 2002, Gastonia sought to assist the City of Shelby with supplemental potable water. To accomplish this task, water would first need to flow into the Bessemer City water system. It was during this process that the cities discovered hydraulic constraints to flowing water from Gastonia to Bessemer City. Then in 2010, Bessemer City Road was widened, and Gastonia’s water line had to be relocated due to the ongoing construction. During this project the existing lines were upgraded to 12-inch diameter, however a booster pump station would be necessary to make this connection active.
The project involved the construction of a new booster pump station to transfer water from the Two Rivers Utilities (TRU) water system owned by Gastonia to Bessemer City’s water system through an existing water transmission main. The booster pump station includes three horizontal split-case pumps, control valves, piping, electrical, SCADA, standby power generator, and appurtenances. The station is located along NC 274 (Bessemer City Road) at the western edge of Gastonia, and can provide Bessemer City with up to 1.8 million gallons of water per day.
The now completed booster pump station will enhance the quality of life for citizens in the region by providing them with adequate water supply to support future economic development and equipping both communities to better handle droughts and other emergencies.
Principal Engineer and McGill’s Hickory Office Manager, Doug Chapman, said, “McGill is proud to be a partner in shaping these communities by providing engineering services to enable regionalism that can support economic development and quality of life.”