Lincoln Memorial University Integrated Water Management Plan
LOCATION: Harrogate, Tennessee
- Jason Brooks
- Steve Bostic
COST: $2 Million
- Alternatives Analysis
- Water Resources Management Plan
- Sewer Rehabilitation Plan
- Stormwater Management Plan
Lincoln Memorial University faced a challenge: how to economically embrace rapid growth in a dwindling economy. Successive years of double-digit growth had taxed the university’s infrastructure to its limit. LDA Engineering was tasked with devising an integrated water management plan to utilize the university’s wet infrastructure more effectively and economically. LMU was managing water, wastewater, and stormwater separately. The water supply on campus was inadequate, with irrigation demand driving the university to spend approximately $100,000 per year to purchase water from an adjacent utility district. The wastewater on campus was being sold to the adjacent town of Harrogate, resulting in the loss of over 150,000 GPD of water from the dwindling supply. Additionally, LMU was faced with an unexpected new tap fee of $221,000. Campus stormwater was not being retained for any use.
Eliminating this fragmented approach, LDA Engineering proposed a plan to integrate campus water management to save money and prepare for future growth. By enabling LMU to treat wastewater on-site and reuse the effluent for irrigation, the plan will help save over $250,000 per year in fees. Our plan retained stormwater and blended it with non-treated water to supplement irrigation needs during times of low student populations on campus. LDA Engineering’s transformation plan has less than a seven-year payback period and doubles the capacity of current campus infrastructure, allowing for future growth.