Earlewood Water System Improv, Columbia, SC

Improved Water Quality for a Historic Neighborhood

Hussey Gay Bell designed one of the City’s top water quality projects to improve the aging water distribution systems in the historic Earlewood neighborhood which seeks to provide high-quality water for its over 2,000 residents, reduce the number of water main repairs, and increase the available fire protection within the proposed project area. The approximate amount of replacement included 7,500 LF of 12-inch ductile iron pipe, 7,900 LF of 8-inch ductile iron pipe and 12,200 LF of 6-inch ductile iron pipe, totaling over 27,600 LF of corroded and irreparable water lines. Evaluation of alternative routes for the water lines and confirmation of capacity needs and issues were also included in the design.

Scope of work included hydraulic modeling; analysis of pressure piping; layout, calculations and analysis of new facilities; design and preparation of plans and specifications for water and wastewater infrastructure facilities to include civil; as well as water CAD modeling, pavement overlay design, geotechnical and public involvement.

Earlewood Water System Improv
Columbia, SC

The water system improvements for the Earlewood neighborhood will reach completion in 2018. This project demonstrates Hussey Gay Bell’s experience with replacing existing water and wastewater system components in a historic residential neighborhood via open-cut installation. This project required extensive coordination with the City of Columbia's engineering staff to determine capacity requirements and evaluate alternate routes for the piping, maintenance of service for residents and public involvement.

Hussey Gay Bell's Status Re: COVID-19

Dear Clients, Industry Partners and Friends of the Firm:

Throughout Hussey Gay Bell’s 62-year history, we have seen times of prosperity and times of struggle. The common denominator during these six decades has been our commitment to our clients, employees and the communities in which we serve. As we now face the COVID-19 crisis, this resolve is no less diminished. 

Currently our offices in Savannah, Charleston, Columbia, Atlanta, Nashville and Statesboro are open and operating, per jurisdictional guidelines. Our leadership team continues to monitor the fluid COVID-19 situation and has adopted new procedures within our offices to ensure the health and well-being of Hussey Gay Bell's greatest asset - our employees and associates. We are adhering to recommendations from the CDC and limiting face-to-face interactions, restricting non-essential travel, and utilizing video conferencing and other smart technologies for communications. We have also developed contingency plans so that we remain in a position of strength to continue our projects remotely, if and when needed, for the weeks and months to come. 

While the typical way we interact with you may be temporarily disrupted, we remain resolute in our dedication to providing the same level of exceptional service you deserve. Thank you for the continued trust you have placed in Hussey Gay Bell for all of these years. We are committed to a high level of service to you, despite these difficult times. We will all emerge from this crisis stronger and more resilient.

Stay safe!


G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE

Hussey Gay Bell CEO & Chairman