Water Treatment Plants

Winchester Municipal Utilities (WMU) received Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) on July 30, 2015 for engineering services relating to Planning, Engineering Design, Bidding, Construction Engineering Services and Resident Project Representation for a new water treatment plant.  Based upon review of the submittals the WMU Commission approved Work Order No. 13, at its regular meeting on August 6, 2015, with Bell Engineering for professional engineering services.  The water plant will be constructed at 7055 Boonesboro Road adjacent to the Lower Howards Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. This project will be designed and coordinated in conjunction with the 24-inch Raw and Finished Water Main Project (completed) as well as the Raw Water Intake improvements project (under construction).  Engineering services for the “Water Treatment Plant” project are expected to include but not be limited to: Preparation of a preliminary engineering report (complete) to evaluate WMU’s current and future needs for production and treatment, water supply evaluation, geotechnical investigations, SCADA system integration services, KYPIPE hydraulic analysis, preliminary and final design of the water treatment plant facilities, preparation of complete contract bid documents (contract drawings and specifications), procurement of any and all permits for construction (Division of Water, Utilities, Corps of Engineers, KDOT, Housing, Building and Construction, environmental and any other necessary permitting), general engineering services during construction, resident observation, participation in project meetings, coordination with regulatory agencies, and contractor payment processing.  Preliminary engineering work is complete with focus on developing six (6) Technical Memorandums that established direction for design of the new treatment facilities.  A presentation of Technical Memorandum No. 1 was provided to the WMU on October 1, 2015 related to raw water supply alternatives (Carroll Ecton Reservoir).  The Commission unanimously voted at the regular meeting on October 15, 2015 to continue to utilize the Carroll Ecton Reservoir as a back-up/secondary water supply and construct a raw water transfer pumping station at the existing water treatment plant in accord with construction of the new water treatment plant facilities which is consistent with recommendations as outlined in Technical Memorandum No. 1 dated October 1, 2015 prepared by Bell Engineering.  Bell finalized all TM’s and presented them to the WMU Commission on March 24, 2016.  Bell is currently finalizing the design of the new WTP facilities.  The design is complete and the last design meeting was held on July 12, 2017.  WMU and Bell met with KDOW officials on February 1, 2017 to discuss plan submittal and design considerations.  The meeting was well received and no identifiable deficiencies were noted.  Plans and specifications were submitted during the week of February 20, 2017 and official approval documentation has been received.  The following schedule has been developed moving forward.  It should be noted that the bid schedule has been revised to reflect the following.

·         Design completion – 6/30/17

·         Solicitation of Construction Bids – 7/19/17

·         Construction Bid Opening – 10/27/17

·         Construction Bid Award – TBD

·         Authorization for City to Issue Bonds – TBD

·         First Reading of Bond Ordinance – TBD

·         Second Reading of Bond Ordinance – TBD