Rising Sun-Chester Water Interconnect

Rising Sun, Maryland

The town of Rising Sun was experiencing a water crisis, with wells meeting only 10% of residential, municipal and commercial demand. In order to continue supporting growth of the community, it became necessary to negotiate an agreement with the Chester Water Authority (CWA) in Pennsylvania. KCI’s environmental engineering team was brought in to coordinate the funding, design and construction inspection of a five-mile water main to connect the CWA system to the town’s infrastructure network. Our team also provided preliminary and final design, permitting, construction inspection and public involvement services for a one-mile section location in Maryland.

By linking two separate systems, across two states, and within two drainage basins, the unconventional project broke new ground by embracing innovation and overcoming a host of technical challenges. The Rising Sun-Chester Interconnect project was successfully completed under an accelerated schedule and well below budget, with enough savings for the town to dedicate $1.5 million toward extending their existing water system and serving more local customers.