This project was a follow-up to the T-Bar project. ClearWater Ranch was purchased by the City of Midland to increase its amount of available water supply, while also helping to improve the quality of water delivered from the T-Bar system. The water obtained from the ClearWater Ranch is high quality, which ultimately doubles the pumping capacity of the existing T-Bar ranch because of the ability to blend the two sources. ClearWater Ranch can produce 4 million gallons of water per day, and because of its recharge capabilities it is expected to last 40 years. The district delivers an average of 3.65 million gallons per day to the city. It is estimated that about 15 percent of the water used daily by Midland water customers is from T-Bar and ClearWater Ranch Projects.

This project was completed under a Construction Manager at Risk contract. As with the T-Bar project, the project schedule was very accelerated. The initial tasks were to determine a tie-in location to the T-Bar system and an alignment from the ClearWater Ranch well field. Based on hydraulics and the capability for mixing, the ClearWater transmission line tied into a 2-million-gallon tank at the T-Bar well field. PSC then developed several alternative routes between the T-Bar well field and the ClearWater well field. To analyze the routes, we used a combination of aerial mapping, landowner maps, and hydraulic modeling to determine the most efficient route. The route included a railway crossing, two state highway crossings and several county road and ranch road crossings. In addition, our land acquisition subconsultant had to coordinate with several landowners to identify specific needs for each landowner.

The alignment was routed near the town of Kermit, so water/wastewater line crossings were minimal. However, because of the oil and gas industry in the area, the project crossed several large gas lines. The gas and oil lines ranged from less than 4” in diameter all the way up to 14” in diameter.

From the time that PSC started design work to the time the project was moving water, it took about 18 months.

ClearWater Ranch Project Statistics

  • Transmission Pipelines
    • 15 miles of 16” and 18” transmission line
  • Ground Storage Tanks
  • Wells
    • 26 new potable water supply wells
  • Collection Pipelines
    • 12 miles of collection piping
  • Pump Station
    • 4 MGD pump station

ClearWater Ranch Well Field