The Town of Paonia will continue its relationship with WestWater
Engineering for its next water project.
WestWater Engineering and the Town of Paonia have worked together for many years, including the one-million-gallon water treatment plant project.
WestWater Engineering was the only firm that submitted a proposal for "extension of the Reynolds Spring raw water transmission main to the upper [water treatment plant], membrane filtration upgrades at the upper water treatment plant, and finished water storage improvements including rehabilitation of an existing storage tank and construction of a new storage tank."
In their Dec. 3 proposal, Stephen LaBonde wrote, "The primary objective of the work is to upgrade the level of treatment provided at the Upper [water treatment plant] in response to reclassification of the Town's German Creek springs supply from ground water to ground water under the direct influence of surface water."
The town is being required to change its water treatment system to meet the latest Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment standards.
LaBonde continued to elaborate. "The project will also allow the Town to commingle raw water supplies from other [ground water under the direct influence] water supplies that is currently not an option, in order to increase the reliability and flexibility in operations at the upper [water treatment plant]. Finally, the work provides an opportunity to rehabilitate and return an existing storage tank to active service, and to construct a new water storage tank at the upper [water treatment plant] site in the event future shut-downs are necessary to conduct maintenance repairs on the system."
Mayor Neal Schwieterman said because WestWater Engineering had already done the entire process for the one-million-gallon water treatment plant and had it approved by the state, the firm has "the ability to replicate that at the new location." The firm is from Grand Junction. There are no engineering firms in Paonia.
WestWater Engineering stated in its proposal, "the current deadline for commissioning new unit treatment processes cannot be met if the major equipment is competitively bid." Its approach will be to work with the Department of Health and allow the Town of Paonia "to select major treatment equipment components for consistency with the lower [water treatment plant], and is intended to expediate the project time-line, but will also avoid unnecessary project costs in preparing bid documents and re-evaluating multiple equipment manufacturers' systems and costs that was completed in 2009 in conjunction with the lower [water treatment plant] improvements."
WestWater Engineering included its fee schedule which the mayor said was comparable to the last project. The new project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.blog comments powered by Disqus