Main Water Valve Replacement: Useful Facts And Info

Gate Valve installation

Install / March 17, 2021

The valves weigh in at over 100 tons and stand 40 feet tall.

Texas, the second largest state in the USA both in area and population faces enormous demand for drinking water. Within Texas lies America's largest inland metropolitan area, Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW) province which is the economic and cultural hub of North & Central Texas.

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The water in DFW is both sourced and managed by two major Texas water authorities, Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) & Dallas Water utilities (DWU). With the rapidly growing population in this area it is expected that more than 13 million residents will need water by 2060 which is more than double the population served by the authorities today. As a result they have partnered to execute the $2B Integrated Pipeline Project (IPL) which will enable them to increase the water supply by 350 million gallons per day (1.59 billion litres per day) meeting the ever increasing demand in the long term.

Blackhall Engineering Valves are playing an essential role on this mega project by regulating the water in the largest and longest segments of the pipeline. This involved the design and manufacture of High Pressure 108 inch Parallel Faced Metal Seated Gate Valves, considered to be the World's Largest Gate Valves weighing in at over 100 tons and standing a majestic 40 feet tall.

The specifications of these magnificent valves were stated by some of the USA's top consulting engineering firms like AECOM, CDM Smith, Black & Veatch and Freese & Nichols.

TRWD placed the order after evaluating Blackhall's award winning design expertise, capability, utilisation of manufacturing technology & exceptional project management skills. Furthermore, Blackhall's proven track record of manufacturing 100 year asset life valves matched perfectly with TRWD's 100 year sustainability promise on the IPL project.

Design and Manufacturing
Blackhall Engineering has always been at the forefront of embracing advancements in computational technology for the development of their products, thus delivering improved performance & efficiencies for their customers.

These Parallel Faced Metal Seated Gate Valves are an excellent example of a world class product that has been designed with these advancements in technology fused with the experience of the Blackhall Design Team.