July 30, 2019 

4th Avenue Well Project Update

Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU) is continuing to develop and evaluate engineering design options for the necessary 4th Avenue Well project, in coordination with our engineer of record (Bowen Collins and Associates). We are exploring alternatives that best incorporate community concerns related to the impact of the well project, while also incorporating the operational, public health and regulatory requirements needed to maintain this critical water resource.

Next Steps and Anticipated Time Line

Mid-to-late August: Residents can expect activity at the well site as crews working for the Salt Lake City Arborist will be conducting further work to evaluate condition of trees in the park. The Arborist will use a process called “air cutting,” which allows for exposing the roots to better determine the health and longevity of the trees, and to more fully inform design options for the project. Working with compressed air to uncover the roots, crews will not cut the roots or harm the trees in the process. SLCDPU will post signs at the well site a few days in advance to inform the neighborhood of the work to occur.


August through October 2019: Bowen Collins and Associates will complete conceptual design alternatives for the project. The goal of developing these designs is to identify options and evaluate adherence to important characteristics of the project:

  • Minimal Building Size

  • Noise Mitigation

  • Tree Impacts

  • Compliance with Regulations

  • Constructability

  • Operational Needs

  • Safety and Public Health Considerations

  • Cost Impacts


October through November 2019: Additional public engagement, including:

  • Additional meetings with residents to discuss designs (dates and times to be determined)

  • Presentation of designs and recommendations to City Council (date and time to be determined)


December 2019 through January 2020: Decide on an engineering design option for the well


January 2020 – July 2020: Develop final engineering and architectural designs. Acquire regulatory approvals for the project. Complete contracting process for construction


Fall 2020: Construct project.


May 7, 2019

These are the updated architectural renderings by CRSA for the 4th Avenue Well project as of May 7, 2019. Salt Lake City Public Utilities will share and discuss these at our community open house on Thursday, May 9, at the Open Classroom at 134 D Street in Salt Lake City from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

4th Avenue Well Assessment and Alternatives Analysis

(completed 4/12/2019)


The assessment and alternatives analysis related to the 4th Avenue Well commissioned by Salt Lake City Public Utilities is now complete. The assessment includes an analysis of potential alternatives regarding the future of this water source, and reviews the financial costs, health and safety risks, and benefits of each. The report was completed by Dr. David Hansen of Hansen Allen Luce. Dr. Hansen has expertise in water resource design and engineering, with more than 30 years of experience in this area (http://www.hansenallenluce.com/principals/david-e-hansen/) This document can be downloaded from the documents page.

March 12, 2019

On March 7th, at the Salt Lake City Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC), representatives of Salt Lake City Public Utilities, Salt Lake City Planning Division, and CRSA Architecture presented updated design renderings for the proposed pump house at the 4th Avenue Well site.


Work continues on the proposed design. The renderings are still preliminary. The project team is committed to a pump house structure with the smallest footprint possible, but which allows for all necessary equipment to perform functions that protect the health and safety of our workers and City residents. This includes space for electrical panels, HVAC equipment, and support our professional engineers deem necessary to support the well and pump. 


A future date for a public hearing before the HLC is in process. When that information becomes available, we will post it here and give ample notice to residents. 


To watch the full recording of the March 7th HLC work session, please go here: (The 4th Avenue well discussion begins at approximately 1:30 on the tape.)​


February 21, 2019

On Thursday, March 7, representatives of Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities, CRSA Architecture, Bowen Collins & Associates (consulting engineers), and the Salt Lake City Planning Division will present updated information on the design of the proposed 4th Avenue Well Pump House to the Salt Lake City Historic Landmark Commission (HLC). The work session begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room 326 of the City and County Building, 451 S. State Street in Salt Lake City. The meeting is open to the public, but no public comment will be taken.

CRSA representatives will discuss the latest renderings of the pump house design in accordance with HLC guidelines and mission and scope of the project. The information provided on the project website is part of the public record and will be included in the packet for the HLC.

Thank you for your continued interest in the 4th Avenue Well Project. We will continue to communicate with the community openly and transparently, while also working to provide our 350,000-plus customers with water that is safe and of the highest quality.

Conceptual Plans

Daytime Rendering

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Nighttime Rendering

Winter Rendering

Architectural Elevations

January 11, 2019

Architectural Design Renderings for the 4th avenue well house displayed at the December 13, 2018 Open House.


    Daytime Rendering







                                            Nighttime Rendering


December 6, 2018

The public is invited to an open house we are hosting with the SLC Planning Division. We will meet at the Marmalade Library on 300 West and 500 North on Thursday, December 13th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The following information will be available and representatives from Planning and Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU) will be there to provide information and updates:


  • ​The initial concept of the project has changed significantly in recent weeks. The City has taken residents' concerns seriously, and being informed by this dialogue has led us to significantly reduce the site's footprint. The revised plan includes removal of the perimeter fence. In addition, there will be no on-site generator or fluoride room, as originally presented.  Although these changes will present SLCDPU workers with challenges in maintenance and operations, we know these are important concessions in reducing the size of the site and incorporating the project into the area.

  • The chlorine room will remain as part of the design and project, as chlorination is necessary to protect public health and safety.

  • SLCDPU has retained two local and respected architects to draw plans for the site: David Triplett and John Ewanowski, of CRSA Architecture. You may know of them or the firm, founded by Wally Cooper and Allen Roberts. Mr. Triplett has decades of experience in designing functional buildings that also meet historic and aesthetic standards. Mr. Ewanowski has strong background in restoring older and historically significant buildings to modern functionality. Their plans for the 4th Avenue Well project, informed by residents' feedback, will be available to the public at the December 13 open house, and will be  widely shared with all City residents through social media platforms and traditional media outlets.​


  • ​Our top priorities remain worker and public safety. Worker safety and code compliance will be met through electrical upgrades and by bringing the well house above ground. We will continue to address public safety by providing high-quality drinking water for the City and sufficient pressure within the water system for fire control. SLCDPU and Planning representatives will continue to work with neighborhoods surrounding the well site to provide a functional project at a scale that support the district's historic aesthetic.


October 26, 2018

Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities has hired two highly regarded architects with CRSA, a Salt Lake City architecture firm, to join in the design process of the 4th Avenue Well Project at Canyon Road.


David Triplett will be the Principal in Charge, and John Ewanowski will be the Historic Architect. Both men bring diverse experience in public facility design, as well as expertise in historic preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of existing structures.


David’s background includes extensive experience in specialized industrial and infrastructure projects—pump houses, boiler and chilling plants, and treatment facilities. John fuses his interests in architecture and history to enhance the urban experience, combining historic and cultural landscapes to imagine a better future for all.


David holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Architecture degree, also from the U. of U. John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan.


The architects anticipate working within the unique character of the Avenues/Capitol Hill Historic Districts and engaging with the community toward an end goal of a structure that is both functional as a robust water source and fitting with the neighborhood’s cultural aesthetic.


For detailed resumes on David and John, select below.

David Triplett

John Ewanowski


Salt Lake City
Department of Public Utilities

1530 West Temple

Salt Lake City, Utah 84115