Boston, Massachusetts

Keeping a Historic Neighborhood above Water


Boston Water & Sewer Commission’s Union Park Facility is essential to keeping a large portion of the city’s South End dry during wet weather. The city trusts Woodard & Curran to operate the facility, protecting this dense historic neighborhood from flooding.

Historic neighborhood faces high flood risk

The South End is built on historic fill in what used to be the South Bay. The low elevation of the neighborhood meant it was plagued by flooding. To mitigate this problem, BWSC built the Union Park Facility, later adding additional capabilities to protect against combined sewer overflows. In 2000, BWSC hired Woodard & Curran to operate the facility, and the partnership has flourished ever since.

Operations partnership delivers long-term improvements

The BWSC’s service area covers about 45 square miles and includes more than half a million residents, rising well over one million during the work week. Residents and business rely on the infrastructure operated by Woodard & Curran to protect them and their property in any weather.

Since taking over operations, Woodard & Curran has provided trained staff around-the-clock, implemented a state-of-the-art predictive maintenance program, executed capital projects, and collaborated with the city on a host of other work. In addition to the 330 million-gallon-per-day capacity Union Park Pumping Station, we manage eight sanitary and stormwater pumping stations and one water booster station, ranging in size from 1.5 to 6.5 million gallons per day.

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