At the CalGeo annual conference, Leighton was presented the Large Project of the Year Award for our work on the Burris Pump Station.
Groundwater basins are a critical part of Orange County’s water supply, accounting for nearly 70% of the total supply. The 125-acre Burris Basin holds water diverted from the Santa Ana River equal to the need for nearly 300,000 households each year. Water from here is then pumped through a 5-mile long, 66-inch pipeline for recharge at the Santiago Basins. This project replaced the aging pump system with vertical turbine pumps installed in a circular wetwell, with new electrical and mechanical equipment and a 50-foot deep intake pipe installed on the slope of a new embankment.