MECO’s primary focus as a Civil Engineering firm is municipal engineering, with an emphasis on public drinking water systems and facilities and wastewater engineering. Our firm brings extensive experience and expertise in new system design as well as the rehabilitation and expansion of existing systems and facilities. Our work is all inclusive, starting with project planning and development, assistance in procurement of project funds, design and permitting, project and construction management to ensure the project is constructed according to approved plans and specifications and meets local and regulatory requirements.
Our firm brings extensive experience and expertise in new system design as well as then rehabilitation and expansion of existing systems facilities. Our professionals provide sound engineering solutions for groundwater and surface water supply and treatment, water storage, distribution systems and pumping facilities. We provide cost effective, affordable solutions that meet regulatory requirements and local needs to meet capacity, treatment, system pressures and flow (including fire flow), and storage requirements.
Challenging sites, local conditions, environmental issues, and complex regulatory compliance requirements can present options for innovative, yet cost-effective options to meet project goals. Our work is all inclusive, starting with project planning and development, assistance in procurement of project funds, design and permitting, project and construction management to ensure the project is constructed according to approved plans and specifications and meets local and regulatory requirements. Our clients include municipalities, rural water districts and co-operatives, sewer districts, schools and universities, state agencies, and clients in the private sector.
Water System Improvements (New Supply/Treatment Plant/Transmission), Pittsfield, IL
The City of Pittsfield, IL undertook a major water system improvements project in 2009 to provide a safe and reliable drinking water supply to their community.
In order to meet state and federal standards for drinking water, the city realized the need to replace their existing surface water supply (lake), with a ground water supply provided through a new alluvial well field, including two 1,000 GPM wells (approximately 95-ft), submersible pumps, elevated platforms, piping and electrical.
The new ground water supply is treated by a new 1,000 GPM Ion-Exchange ground water softening plant. A new SCADA system links all systems and facilities to monitor and control the operations. A diesel-powered emergency backup generator provides emergency service to the two new wells and a diesel-powered generator has capacity to operate the new water treatment plant at full capacity.
New transmission mains transport raw water to the new plant for treatment. A new finished water main, connecting the plant to the existing distribution system, delivers processed water supply to the consumer, (Raw Water Mains: 68,634 LF 14” Fused Pipe; Finished Water Main: 11, 929 LF). The $9.5M project (five contracts), was financed through USDA-RD ARRA and IEPA funds and was completed May 20, 2011 when the water treatment plant officially went on-line. The system improvements provide the citizens of Pittsfield with a new safe and reliable drinking water supply.
Water System Improvements and District Expansion Project; Curran-GardnerTownship Public Water District
Water System Improvements: $5.6M water system expansion (two 750,000 gallon elevated towers/ one new 300 GPM well/pumping 2 stations/59,700 LF mains); project coordination, planning, consulting. Project also consisted of: 57,000 LF new waterline (owner-constructed), new gen-set backup generator for water treatment plant, new 6,600 SF office and maintenance building.
MECO became the Water District’s Engineer in 2002. Since then, Wells #1 and #2 were chemically treated, motor and controls were elevated and the pumps/motors were replaced. Well #5 was also completed at this time with a submersible turbine pump installed to deliver an additional 500 GPM. Well #6 was completed in 2012 to provide an additional 300 GPM to the district for treatment.