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Technical Tours & Recreational Activities

Technical Tours

Wednesday, July 24 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Omohundro Water Treatment Plant and 8th Avenue Reservoir*

Omohundro Water Treatment PlantOmohundro is a combination of impressive civil engineering and magnificently beautiful architecture. The George Reyer pumping station, when placed in service in 1889, was able to pump raw water from the Cumberland River to the resident of Nashville at a rate of 10 MGD. After several upgrades and the addition of the Robert L. Lawrence Filtration Plant in 1929, the treatment facility, now known as Omohundro, has a capacity of 90 MGD and consists of five low service pumps, seven high service pumps, two grit tanks, 22 flocculators, three sedimentation basins, and 30 filters. The chemicals used in the treatment process today consist of alum, powder activated carbon, liquid fluorosilicic acid, liquid lime, non-ionic polymer, potassium permanganate, ortho-polyphosphate, and on-site bleach generation.

8th Avenue ReservoirOriginally known as the City Reservoir, the 8th Avenue Reservoir was constructed in 1889 as a settling basin. River water was pumped from the George Reyer pumping station to the reservoir where the mud was allowed to settle to the bottom. The clear water at the top was then distributed to the community through wooden pipes. The reservoir was designed with two compartments, each with the capacity to hold approximately 25.5 million gallons of water. Still in operation today, the 8th Ave Reservoir remains Metro Water Service’s largest reservoir and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

EB: $35 | ADV: $45 | ONS: $50


The EQ Basin*

West Park Equalization FacilityWest Park Equalization Facility, completed in 2018, was a collaborative project between Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation and Nashville Metro Water Services. The project includes new recreation amenities to support the rapidly-developing adjacent communities, as well as updated wastewater system infrastructure to address sanitary sewer overflows and improve water quality in Richland Creek.

Through two phases of construction, the wastewater equalization facility now consists of a 45 million gallon per day, wet-weather pump station and two storage tanks totaling 31 million gallons. That is in addition to the West Park Pumping Station that sends flow to the wastewater treatment plant. The new storage tanks are utilized when sewer flows exceed the capacity of the existing West Park Pumping Station.

Due to the location of the facility within an existing Metro park, the project also delivered numerous new features for parks users, including a playground, a picnic pavilion, and ball fields, in addition to planting over 200 trees on the site. The numerous sustainable features incorporated into the design and construction earned the Envision Platinum Award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). This was the first joint wastewater and park project in the U.S. to receive an ISI Envision rating award.

Tour both the equalization facility and the adjacent park to learn more about this collaborative project’s initiation, design, and construction challenges, as well as see how the park and facility are used by the surrounding community.

EB: $35 | ADV: $45 | ONS: $50


*Not included with conference registration. Additional ticket purchase required to participate.


•    Closed toe, flat shoes are required and we recommend comfortable/casual attire.  (Be mindful of the weather and prepare with sunscreen, hat, rain gear, etc.)

•    Participants will be required to show a photo ID and will be given a Visitors Badge that must be worn at all times.
•    For security reasons, we DO NOT permit photos.  Photo ops will be provided at specific locations if desired.
•    We ask that you keep backpack, briefcases and purses locked in the vehicle during the tours.

Recreational Activities

Sunday, July 21 | 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Sporting Clay Tournament*

Join us at the Nashville Gun Club as we reprise this Pipelines Conference tradition. Transportation, Nashvillle barbeque, and great company will be provided!

Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting often described as “golf with a shotgun” because a typical course includes from 10 to 20 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. No two sporting clays courses are alike, and terrain and background have a lot to do with how targets are presented. Sporting clays simulate the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting, offering a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes. The courses are designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants, other upland birds, and even rabbits.

EB | ADV | ONS: $85

Tuesday, July 23 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Wildhorse Saloon Party*

Come to the heart of Music City at the famous Wildhorse Saloon for dining and libations, live entertainment, games, and line dancing at the annual party sponsored by Structural Technologies. The venue is located on 120 2nd Ave N, a 7 minute walk (0.4 miles) from the Renaissance Hotel.

EB | ADV | ONS: $50

July 24 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Take one last opportunity to have fun and say good bye to your friends before heading home! Nashville Topgolf is a sports entertainment complex that features an inclusive, high-tech golf game that everyone can enjoy. Paired with an outstanding food and beverage menu, climate-controlled hitting bays and music, every Topgolf has an energetic hum that you can feel right when you walk through the door. Transportation and bay reservations are provided.

EB | ADV | ONS: $50

*Not included with conference registration. Additional ticket purchase required to participate.

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