Large-scale Irrigation System, Illinois

Working in partnership with V3, hydrogeology and engineering services were retained to secure and develop a groundwater supply to serve the irrigation requirements of a large academic institution; the need was identified following the 2012 drought that imposed serious water scarcity issues and resulted in large economic losses. A high yield well and automated pumping system was designed by Northwater, permitted and drilled into the Silurian and Ordovician carbonate aquifers and yielded over 600 gallons per minute. Northwater supported the permitting process with groundwater modeling to demonstrate potential drawdown impacts to neighboring wells and supervised the drilling and well construction, which included acid treatment to enhance the well yield. Northwater provided process-engineering services for the controls and pumping systems and supervised the well drilling and pumping system installation.

Irrigation Water Supply Development
Project Details
  • Location: Northeastern Illinois
  • Client: V3 Companies
  • Sector: Institutional