Helper City Sewer Design

Helper City’s wastewater system has been upgraded to meet future needs and to bring the system to current federal and state standards. Franson Civil Engineers created a Capital Facilities Master Plan and a hydraulic model to identify and examine system deficiencies.

We then assisted Helper City with a complete reconstruction of its dilapidated sewer system. Sewer work included replacing the sewer collection system, transferring sewer laterals, and relocation of sewer laterals for multiple residents. Design work included bores, slip-lining, cured-in-place pipe lining, and pipe bursting. The project included over 950 service connections to the sanitary sewer system, of which over 100 homes required relocation from the backyards of homes to the new sewer in the streets. This work required a great deal of coordination between the city, property owners, and contractor.

The $8 million sewer replacement consisted of nearly 55,000 feet of 8-inch to 12-inch pipe, over 20,000 feet of 4-inch and 6-inch laterals, hundreds of new manholes, the relocation of several sewer laterals, and boring underneath Union Pacific Railroad.

Design and construction occurred simultaneously with improvements to the culinary and storm drain systems. 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. During that time, over 200,000 feet (or about 38 miles) of pipe was installed between the three utilities.

Helper City was awarded the “Most Improved Wastewater System” by the Rural Water Association of Utah on March 1, 2017.