Water improvements expected to cost more than $10 millionWashington City Council receives engineering report Wednesday
A facility plan to repair and upgrade Washington’s water system will cost over $10 million, according to a report from Fox Engineering presented to the Washington City Council Wednesday evening.
The report given showed the findings of a study done on the water system. A plan to address the problems with the system is scheduled to run through 2020. The plan begins this year with the replacement of the ground storage reservoir. Engineers Steve Troyer and Rob Baker gave the multimedia presentation during the council’s regular meeting.
“We took a look at the current flows to determine what we need to design for what your needs are,” Troyer said. ‘We also did an evaluation of your existing facilities and developed some alternatives to address those deficiencies that were identified. Then there are some recommendations summarized.”
The report showed six priorities along with estimated cost of repairs and a timeline. The most important priority was to replace the ground storage reservoir, which is being done. The cost is expected to be about $1,357,000. The next project would be to replace the north water tower at a cost of $2,350,000 in the spring of 2014. The third priority is to repair the south water tower at a cost of $250,000 in the spring of 2015. The fourth priority is water treatment plant improvements, with a proposed cost of $4,145,000 in the summer of 2014. Constructing a new deep well in the spring of 2017 was the fifth priority, at a cost of $2,333,000. Improvements to wells 6 and 7 in 2020 are expected to cost $865,000. The report also listed distribution system improvements.
Water for the city is supplied by three wells – Wells 5, 6 and 7 — which get water from the Jordan Aquifer. The report showed several maintenance issues with the wells. The capacity of the wells is about 1,200 gallons per minute. Troyer said well pumps need to be replaced to provide more pumping capacity was needed to meet projected 1,900 gallons per minute demands. He also said Well 5 would have to be replaced.
The study also showed recommended improvements to water mains in seven areas.
Troyer said there are many issues with the existing treatment plant and the plant is not producing the quality of water it did when installed. The facility was built in 1927. He recommended many of the units be replaced. He said the cost of repairs to the water treatment plant might not be cost effective. He spoke of options for a new facility and the treatment options available.
The report was given to the council members just prior to the meeting. The members asked for time to study it.
Copies of the report are available at Washington City Hall.
In other business, the council:
• approved the site plan for the Kirkwood Regional Education Center;
• approved the application of the Historic Preservation Commissions HRDP grant application;
• approved the city’s portion of a new police records management system;
• approved a sidewalk café application contingent on state approval;
• discussed a treatment agreement with IRE Biodiesel;
• approved an engineering services agreement for West Tyler reconstruction;
• approved the second reading of an ordinance that would amend the site plan ordinance; and
• approved a resolution authorizing levy, assessment and collection of costs to the Washington County Treasurer.
A work session is scheduled for April 24.