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Well 31 Construction

About the Project

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Madison Water Utility is building a new well facility and water reservoir at 4901 Tradewinds Parkway to bring better fire protection and more reliable service to the Southeast Side.  Construction of the $1.6 million ground storage reservoir began on August 20, 2015, and was completed in May, 2016. Currently, the well and filter building are in the final design phase with construction scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017. The well and filter building will be completed in 2018. Projected cost: $5.6 million.

Latest News

Madison Water Utility recently awarded a contract to DN Tanks, Inc. (Wakefield, MA) for the construction of the 1.5 million gallon concrete ground storage reservoir on the Unit Well 31 site.  The reservoir project included preliminary site clearing & grading work, casting and forming concrete reservoir components on-site, erecting the pre-cast concrete panels, and applying the final finish coatings & architectural components. Work on the reservoir was completed in May, 2016. 

Check out the latest photos of reservoir construction at the Well 31 site below:

Reservoir work

Completed reservoir

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Project Background

On December 15, 2009, the Madison Water Utility Board voted to drill a new well at 4901 Tradewinds Pkwy to solve fire protection and supply redundancy problems in the area known as Pressure Zone 4, which serves areas in east and southeast Madison. Pressure Zone 4 is currently supplied by a single source, Unit Well 9, which makes the zone vulnerable to service interruptions. This Zone is also expanding rapidly to the southeast, away from Unit Well 9, making it difficult to move water efficiently and effectively to where it is needed.

You can find more pictures and background on the Well 31 project on our Inside MWU page.

Anticipated Project Schedule

Construction of Reservoir 31:  August 2015 to Spring 2016
Soliciting bids for well facility construction:  November 2015
Construction of well facility:  Spring 2016

Past Meetings/ Additional Information

April-May 2015

The proposed site use and facility design were approved by the Urban Design Commission (including public hearing) at the April 22, 2015 meeting, and by the City of Madison Plan Commission (including public hearing) at the May 4, 2015 meeting.

Well 31 Architectural Rendering

Concept rendering of Well 31 Facility (4/2015)

Well 31 Site Plan
Well 31 site plan concept drawing (4/2015) 

March 11, 2015 - Urban Design Commission Meeting

The initial design concept for Well 31 was presented to the Urban Design Commission for informational purposes.  Click here for the concept renderings and posters presented at the meeting.

Dec. 23, 2014 - MWU Board Meeting

MWU presented the follow-up energy and upper aquifer well analysis which was requested at the 11/25 Water Board meeting.  We were then authorized to proceed with design concept 1A (detached circular reservoir option with concrete filter backwash tanks). The Water Utility Board has approved an initial design featuring a detached circular reservoir with concrete filter backwash tanks. We are now beginning to work on final design/construction documents as well as beginning the permitting and approval procedures for the proposed facility.

Nov. 25 - MWU Board Meeting

Design concept option presented to MWU Board

Nov. 17, 2014 - Public meeting on latest design alternatives

Meeting handouts:
Meeting invitation postcard

Design Option 1:

Schematic Images
Elevation and Site Plans

Design Option 2:

Schematic Images
Elevation and Site Plans

Sept. 30, 2014 - Initial public meeting about construction held on site

Meeting handouts:
Map of Pressure Zone 4 and nearby neighborhoods
Possible site layout alternatives

Feb. 2014 - Pumping test completed

We ran the well at full capacity, pumping 2,200 gallons per minute for 14 days (see a brief video clip). The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey then did a physical logging of the 915 ft well bore hole to determine characteristics of surrounding geological formations.

July 2, 2013 - Common Council Meeting

Madison's Common Council awarded a contract to Municipal Well & Pump to drill a new Unit Well (Unit Well 31).  Drilling began in October 2013 at the selected site at 4901 Tradewinds Pkwy and was completed two months later.

Aug. 2, 2011 - Common Council Meeting

Madison's Common Council awarded Public Works Contract 6729, Pressure Zone 4 Test Well, to Municipal Well & Pump for $84,751.

Sept. 6, 2011 - Common Council Meeting 

Madison's Common Council authorized the City to execute an agreement with Genesis Commons LLC for an option to purchase Lot 9 of the Genesis Plat subject to the drilling of a successful test well. The address of this parcel is 4901 Tradewinds Parkway.

April 27, 2011 - MWU Board Meeting public hearing

A public hearing was held before the Water Utility Board to discuss the purchase of a site for a new well.

March 31, 2011 - Public Meeting

A public meeting was held Thursday, 3/31/11 at LaFollette High School to update the community on the project and get further input on the areas being considered for siting the well.

Feb. 24, 2011 - Citizens Advisory Meeting

A Zone 4 Water Supply Augmentation CAP Meeting was held in Conference Room A & B at the Madison Water Utility Main Office, 119 E Olin Ave.

Feb. 10, 2010 - Public Meeting

A Public Meeting was held at LaFollette High School to update the community on the Pressure Zone 4 Water Supply Augmentation Project and get input on the areas being considered for siting a new water supply well on the Southeast side of Madison.