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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ALTOONA RESERVOIR SYSTEM FOR RECEIVING THE AWWA WATER LANDMARKS AWARD

ALTOONA RESERVOIR SYSTEM
ALTOONA WATER AUTHORITY – CITY OF ALTOONA
BLAIR COUNTY, PA

 

 

Doug Komandt, PA-AWWA Chair presents AWWA Landmark Award to City of Altoona Mayor Matthew Pacifico

As the major industrial and manufacturing center of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the City of Altoona experienced significant growth in the late 19th century. At the time, supplying water to the City offered many challenges. As a headwaters community, no major streams or rivers existed in the area and the community competed with the water needs of the railroad. Watershed pollution impacts included soil erosion, timber debris and mine drainage.

C.W. Knight, Consulting Engineer, Rome, NY, addressed these problems in a unique reservoir system design consisting of multiple dams, reservoirs, bypasses, tunnels, and other hydraulic control features. The reservoir system has a capacity of 1.2 billion gallons and a safe yield of 6.3 million gallons per day. The current cost of this system is $80 million (2016 dollars). It has been in continuous operation for over 130 years.

 

Please check the video on youtube about the Altoona Reservoir System:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFlrOfW2p5E

This video will be playing in the Horseshoe Curve visitors center theater for continuous viewing.

Special thanks to:

Mark Glenn, P.E.  |  President

GWIN, DOBSON & FOREMAN, INC.  |  gdfengineers.com

(814) 943-5214  |  3121 Fairway Drive Altoona, PA 16602

 

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