Helper City Utility Improvements

FCE has worked with Helper City to meet future needs and to bring its culinary water and sewer systems up to current Federal and State standards. Work also included the installation of a storm drain system. Work began with the creation of a Capital Facilities Master Plan and a hydraulic model to identify and examine existing system deficiencies. The culinary and sewer systems were old and deteriorating rapidly, in need of complete replacement. Also, the lack of a storm drain system created flooding and sedimentation problems.

Funding was secured from multiple sources, of which $11.2 million was in the form of grants to the city, to cover the expense of these projects. Design and construction of the culinary, sewer, and storm drain systems occurred simultaneously. The city was divided into seven planning zones and five construction areas to better manage the extent of construction at any given time. Construction occurred over a four-year period, with over 200,000 feet (38 miles) of pipe installed between the three utilities. Extensive coordination was required between the city, property owners, and contractor.

The project included the installation of new pipe using open trench methods, slip-lining existing corrugated metal pipe with HDPE pipe, installing cure-in-place pipe lining, pipe bursting, and boring. Various pipe types were used for the different systems and areas including PVC and HDPE, as well as rehabilitating steel pipe. Other methods implemented in the process include trenchless crossings of Highway 6, the railroad, and Price River.

In the spring of 2017, Helper City was presented an award from the Rural Water Association of Utah for the Most Improved Wastewater System. From ACEC of Utah, the project received the 2018 Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award recognizing it as the BEST project in the State of Utah.