K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plant Streambank Stabilization, Nashville, TN

Fact Sheet (As of April 2022)

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published Oct. 5, 2021
Updated: May 2, 2022
Cumberland River Erosion Project

Cumberland River Erosion Project

 K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plant Steambank Stabilization 


AUTHORIZATION: Section 14, 1946 Flood Control Act, as amended

TYPE OF PROJECT: Streambank Stabilization

PROJECT PHASE:  Design & Implementation

LOCATION: The project is located in the City of Nashville, TN at the confluence of the Cumberland and Stones Rivers.

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST: Cooper (TN-05), Blackburn (TN), Hagerty (TN)

NON-FEDERAL SPONSOR: City of Nashville, TN


BACKGROUND: The K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plant serves approximately 660,388 residents in the Metropolitan area.  There has been significant erosion along approximately 1600’ of the Cumberland River along the north side of the plant.


IMPORTANCE: The solids building is threatened by the extent of the erosion. This infrastructure is critical in the functioning of the plant.  Loss of the building and the 42” backwash line would leave the plant with no way to backwash filters and would cause the plant to cease production until replacement or repair occurs, impacting over 600,000 Nashvillian’s access to potable water.


STATUS: The Project Partnership Agreement was signed in December 2021, executing the project agreement between USACE and the City of Nashville. Design and contracting efforts are underway.


FY22 SCHEDULED WORK: Development of a design-build contract is in progress by USACE with expected award in May 2022.


COMPLETION: Construction completion anticipated in FY23.

Chris Pickering
(615) 736-5647