This project included the design and construction of a new 24″ waterline to provide a “back up” water supply for the General Motors Lordstown complex. The new waterline was one of four requirements the automaker needed to guarantee the assembly plant and metal center would continue operating and invest more than $500,000,000 into the manufacturing facility.
Previously, the fabrication plant, located on the western side of the facility, was served by the City of Warren through a water connection by an existing water line that feeds the GM assembly plant to the east. In the past, the assembly plant, which consumes 2 million gallons of water a day, had been temporarily shut down because of water line breaks or pumping problems, costing GM millions of dollars in lost production time.
The new waterline provides the primary water supply to the Fabrication Plant and provides a backup water supply to the Assembly Plant from the Village of Lordstown’s water tower. The new water line will run from the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District’s (MVSD) plant six miles away. The project also involved the construction of 3,800 linear feet of 14″ waterline to a new valve pit between the fabrication and assembly plants. This will provide a linkage between the water supply available from the City of Warren and the water supply from MVSD and the use of either supply in the event of an emergency.