Thomas Hill Public Water Supply District:

A Case Study on the Use of Hydraulic Models
to Optimize Water System Capital Improvements

Aging water storage and distribution infrastructure, coupled with growing customer demand, presents challenges for public water supply districts (PWSD) in Missouri and across the nation. Many PWSD also face funding constraints as public grant and loan money becomes more scarce.

As one of the largest rural water districts in Missouri, Thomas Hill PWSD faced these same challenges. By planning ahead and partnering with the consulting engineers at SKW, Thomas Hill PWSD was able to identify its critical water distribution and storage assets, and prioritize the improvements necessary to maintain service levels in the face of growing demand.

Thomas Hill’s case study offers insight into how water utilities with aging infrastructure can develop a plan to meet customer demand despite significant funding constraints.


About the Author

Dennis Stith, P.E.

Dennis Stith serves as team leader of Shafer, Kline & Warren’s water resources – North and office manager for SKW’s Macon office. Specializing in the water and wastewater fields, his design and project management experience includes studies, design and preparation
of specifications for wastewater collection systems, wastewater and water treatment plants, and water distribution systems.

As a senior project manager for water environment projects, Dennis reviews project progress and monitors timely completion of projects. Experienced in all phases of project development, he coordinates mechanical, electrical, structural, surveying and civil engineering services as required to meet overall project goals and objectives. Stith coordinates his staff to effectively meet project needs within required schedules and budgets.