LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The City of Lafayette on Tuesday celebrated the Murdock Park Booster Station, a water booster station and underground storage tank that is part of the city’s 25-year infrastructure master plan.
The water booster station sits at one of the highest points in the city and is expected to pump approximately 6 million gallons per day through the station. The underground reservoir can store approximately three million gallons of water and serves the upper water area of the city.
The booster station will also serve as a backup pumping facility for the city if the Colombian Park Booster Station is offline.
“The reason for building this station is in addition to our system, we pump Lafayette with about 11 million gallons of water per day on average and those average demands seem to be increasing year over year,” said Steve Moore, the Superintendent of Water Works, at the inauguration event.
“We have a station almost identical to this in Columbian Park, but that was the only station we had for booster pumps. So this gives us a station so that we can take a station offline and that station will be able to run the city, and vice versa, if we need to take that station down for repair or maintenance.
According to Moore, the Murdock Park Booster Station is capable of pumping approximately a minimum of 2 million gallons per day and a maximum of 10 to 15 million gallons per day.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski also echoed the importance of these types of projects to the city. As the population grows, the city’s infrastructure must grow with it.
“This project represents an important milestone in our overall infrastructure plan,” Roswarski said. “We recognize the crucial role that water quality and fire protection play for every citizen, business and manufacturer, and we remain committed to supporting and attracting residents and industries through these improvements to our city. . »