About the Project

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The new Booster Pumping Station 106 is complete as of 09/01/2014. 

The facility was upgraded from this:

Old booster pumping station

To this:

Newly-built Booster Pump Station 106

Madison Water Utility also worked with the Madison Parks Department to fund new playground equipment on our property next to the site.

Playground equipment next to new booster pump station

Thanks to all the community members who came together through our Citizen Advisory Process to offer valuable design input.

Project Description

Booster Pumping Station 106 (BPS-106) is an interzone transfer pumping station located on Madison’s near-west side in the sloped embankment of Reservoir Park.  The primary function of BPS-106 is to transfer water from Madison’s main pressure zone (PZ 6, central Madison) into the City’s southwest pressure zone (PZ 7, west side, southwest side).  The pumping station draws water from the adjacent 6,000,000 gallon buried reservoir (hence, Reservoir Park), which stores water from wells in PZ 6, and then BPS-106 pumps the water into the higher-pressure PZ-7 areas.  This pumping facility has been operating since 1926 - making it Madison Water Utility’s oldest operating facility.

The reconstruction of BPS-106 is one of Madison Water Utility’s high-priority infrastructure replacement projects (see the Madison Water Utility Infrastructure Management Plan). The replacement of BPS-106 is part of the Water Utility’s 2012-2014 Capital Improvement budget.  The BPS-106 reconstruction project addresses both condition/deterioration problems and will increase the reliability of this critical system facility.

The scope of the replacement project is as follows:

  • The existing facility contains one single-speed pump with a capacity of 1,500 gallons-per-minute (gpm).  The new facility will provide additional capacity and better system redundancy with two variable-speed 2,100 gpm pumps.  Additionally, the new pumps will incorporate remotely controlled pressure-reducing valves which will allow the pumps to operate in reverse (from PZ-7 into PZ-6), as needed.  As possible, space will be provided to allow future accommodations such as electrical equipment expansions or chlorination equipment.
  • A tank mixing system will be added to the buried reservoir.  The addition of a tank mixing system improves water quality & consistency by eliminating “dead spots” (areas of water not regularly drawn into the existing system) which may contain chlorine levels that are too low or non-existent compared to other areas in the reservoir.
  • The deteriorated access/vent structures located on top of the buried reservoir will be replaced.
  • The rainwater drainage on the top of the buried reservoir will be improved to eliminate the occurrence standing water.

On August 7, 2012, the City of Madison Common Council authorized the City/Madison Water Utility to execute a Professional Services agreement with Strand Associates, Inc. to provide engineering and design services for the reconstruction of BPS-106.

Past Meeting & Additional Information