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Booster Pump Station 115Booster Pump Station 115


Project Engineer:  Kelly Miess, PE - (608) 261-9640 or

Madison Water Utility Engineering Section:  (608) 266-4646

General/Water Quality/CAP Volunteering:  (608) 266-4651


Tuesday August 19th:  An on-site public informational meeting was held at 6pm.  Click here for a link to the meeting handout.  Neighboring residents listened to a project presentation, toured the site and provided feedback on the preliminary design.  Concerns expressed included:

  • Generator location and fencing
  • Landscaping/Screening
  • Ash tree protection or removal and replacement
  • Tank painting and/or cleaning
  • Exhaust fumes
  • Noise Control

Items directly related to the project, such as the generator location and fencing, are being addressed in plan updates.  Other items, such as tank painting and cleaning, require advance planning and budgeting and we will work to prioritize these items as we can. 


Booster Pumping Station 115 (BPS 115) is located in the Bunker Hill neighborhood across from East Towne Mall.  It serves Pressure Zone 6E, a large area extending generally from the Yahara River to Interstate 39/90/94 and from Pflam Road to the northern City limits.  The Station has three pumps and a 3 million gallon ground-level reservoir. The facility provides localized low pressure relief in the Bunker Hill area and critical fire flow supply to the East Towne Shopping Center commercial area. 

The 2006 Water Utility Master Plan recommended upgrades to BPS 115 to meet several objectives.  The first recommendation was to convert the area around BPS 115 to the higher-pressure Pressure Zone 3 (generally east of Interstate 39/90/94) to mitigate chronic low pressure problems.  The second recommendation was to reconfiguration the Station to serve as a redundant supply point to Zone 3 from BPS 115 while continuing to provide fire protection to the East Towne Mall area.  In essence, the project will allow BPS 115 to serve both Zone 6 and Zone 3 to the benefit of both zones.   These two objectives will be realized in conjunction with a separate pipeline improvement project also planned for 2015 construction.   A third objective is to ensure reliability of operation at BPS 115 by adding a back-up power generator to the facility. This will ensure that the station will be able to operate through power outages providing water service and fire protection to both Pressure Zone 6 and Zone 3.


The scope of the proposed project includes:


  • Conversion of one existing lower pressure Zone 6 pump to a higher-pressure Zone 3 pump
  • Addition of one high-pressure Zone 3 pump
  • Addition of a stand-by generator
  • Fencing, landscaping and site restoration
  • Discharge water main piping from the pump station to the facility property lines
  • Miscellaneous station upgrades related to security, lighting, electrical controls, etc.


On April 8, 2014 the City of Madison Common Council authorized the City/Madison Water Utility to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Baxter Woodman, Inc. for the preparation of drawings and specifications, permitting, bidding, and construction administration for the Utility’s upgrade of BPS 115 located at 4701 Bunker Hill Lane (17th Alder District).


What is the project’s anticipated schedule?

  • Project design begins in early summer of 2014  
  • Final design completed in fall 2014
  • Bidding in late 2014
  • Pre-construction phase in late winter and early spring 2015
  • Ground breaking is scheduled for April 2015
  • Construction throughout the spring and summer of 2015
  • Project completion in fall 2015. 

What is the project’s estimated cost?

  • The facility cost estimate is $1,000,000
  • The engineering cost estimate is $100,000

Will I experience water shut-offs or service interruptions due to this project?

  • Though the facility may be shut down for short periods, there are no planned disruptions to service

How will the project change the look of the facility?

  • A generator will be installed on the northeast corner of the BPS 115 property near the intersection of Bunker Hill Lane and Declaration Lane
  • The generator will be housed in an approximately 30’ x 10’ enclosure and concealed with a wooden fence
  • New landscaping will provide additional screening
  • The pump station building exterior will remain unchanged

Will the generator be noisy?  How often will it run?

  • The generator enclosure includes silencing baffles
  • City ordinance requires no more than 70 decibels at the property line; about that of a residential air conditioning unit.  We expect the noise level to be comfortably below the requirement. 
  • The generator will be run approximately once a month for 2-3 hours as part of its regular maintenance

How will the project affect traffic in the neighborhood?

  • Roads will remain open in both directions although there will be occasional restrictions to one lane or very short duration closures to allow for the delivery of materials and equipment.
  • Expect three to four days of concrete pours with steady truck traffic
  • More than usual traffic in and out of the site for the duration of the project


  • Tuesday August 19th:  An on-site public informational meeting was held at 6pm
  • June 18th 2014:  The beginning of the design phase of the project began with a kick-off meeting
  • April 2014:  Common Council awards contract for design and construction administration services to Baxter Woodman, Inc.
  • March 2014: Water Utility Board approves staff recommendation to hire Baxter Woodman, Inc.
  • February 2014: Water Utility sends out a Request For Proposals for design and construction administration services for Booster Station 115 Upgrade project