Water for Utah’s Great Basin

by Mark Breitenbach, P.E., (M.ASCE), Utah Lake System Manager; Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Orem, UT,
Nathaniel Jones, P.E., (M.ASCE), Design Manager; CH2M Hill, Salt Lake City, UT,
Adam Murdock, P.E., (M.ASCE), Design Manager; CH2M Hill, Salt Lake City, UT,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2016, Vol. 86, Issue 5, Pg. 68-73,82


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The Central Utah Water Conservancy District has completed much of the Utah Lake System, an ambitious effort to convey water from eastern Utah to the major population centers in the state’s northern and central regions. Successful completion of these projects has entailed overcoming design and construction challenges pertaining to seismic risks, landslides, cavitation control at high-head turnouts, flow and pressure control between the upper and lower delivery systems, and the need to remove accumulated material from within the pipelines to maintain system capacities.

Subject Headings: Water conservation | Seismic design | Construction materials | Pipe materials | Basins | Lakes | Pipeline design | Seismic tests | Utah | United States | North America

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