New Water Treatment Plant

Construction of the WTP at 7055 Boonesboro Road adjacent to the Lower Howards Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was initiated on March 5, 2018.  This project was 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 (completed).  The preliminary engineering work developed six (6) Technical Memorandums establishing direction for design of the new treatment facilities.  Bell Engineering is serving as the Engineer of Record.  WMU will 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.  All official approval documentation from KDOW has been received.  A preconstruction meeting was held on January 24, 2018 and the official sale of bonds has been completed establishing the remaining financing of the project.  The first progress meeting and an official groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 15, 2018.  The next progress meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018.  Work completed to-date includes installation of temporary electric, installation of silt fence, setup of construction trailers, stripping of topsoil, excavation of the filter building area, excavation of the clearwell and high service pump area and completion of drilling and blasting activities.  The following schedule outlines milestones for the project achieved and moving forward.

  • Design completion – 6/30/17
  • Solicitation of Construction Bids – 7/19/17
  • Construction Bid Opening – 10/27/17
  • Construction Bid Award – 12/7/17
  • Authorization for City to Issue Bonds – 12/7/17
  • First Reading of Bond Ordinance – 12/19/17
  • Second Reading of Bond Ordinance – 1/2/18
  • Bond Sale – 2/1/18
  • Bond Closing – 2/15/18
  • Notice to Proceed – 3/5/18
  • Construction Begins – 3/5/18
  • Groundbreaking – 3/15/18
  • Substantial Completion – 3/5/20

Woodland Drive Water Improvements

?This project will be constructed in-house and involves replacement of 330 feet of 6-inch unlined cast iron pipe along Woodland Drive at the intersection of South Main Street.  The construction will provide upgraded water service to nine (9) residences and address water quality problems experienced in this area due to the existing pipe material and low flow conditions.  Water Main Replacement funds will be the source of funds utilized for the work.  Work is expected to begin in the spring of 2018.  The budgeted amount for this work currently is approximately $60,000.00.   Staff continues to work on finalizing the plans and developing the budget dollars.  Future reports will update the schedule and expected project costs.

Project 1107 Water Main Relocation (West Lexington Avenue)

This project includes relocation of approximately 200 feet of 6-inch water line located on the property at 1107 West Lexington Avenue as part of the Legacy Greenspace Project.  Additionally, there will be a new sanitary sewer line connection and cleanout installed for the facilities.  During planning phases for the project it was determined to be mutually beneficial to both parties for WMU to construct the utility improvements with reimbursement to be made from the Greater Clark Foundation (GFC).  The work is currently estimated at $25,000.  WMU will invoice GFC upon completion of the work on a time and materials basis.

Water Transmission Improvements (Contract No. 76)

The project involved the installation of 48,335 feet of 24” raw and finished water transmission main and appurtenances from the Kentucky River Pump Station (1001 Ford Road) to the future site of the proposed WTP (7055 Boonesboro Road), interconnected with the existing water treatment plant facilities at 365 Water Works Road, and ended with connection to the existing 12-inch water main in front of Kentucky Bank on the Bypass.  More specifically, the project included 48,335 feet of 24” Ductile Iron Water Line, 1,060 feet of 36” Steel Encasement Pipe, 10 Fire Hydrants / Flushing Hydrants, 48 Isolation Valves and other related appurtenances.  The project cost for construction of Contract No. 76 was $7,495,618.82 and the total project cost for completion of the project was $8,244,329.12 which included costs for all WMU staff time, engineering, construction, easement acquisition, legal fees and non-paved site restoration.  The total budgeted amount for completion of this project was $8,880,000.00.  The WMU Commission approved final pay and accepted the project for perpetual maintenance at the regular meeting on February 4, 2016. 

Kentucky River Raw Water Pump Station Upgrades (Contract No. 77)

The project involved installation of one (1) additional raw water vertical turbine pump and three new control valves including electrical and HVAC upgrades at the Kentucky River Raw Water Pump Station.  Bell Engineering was the design engineer and Dugan & Myers Construction Company served as the general contractor. The project was approved by the WMU Commission at their regular meeting on January 5, 2016.    The one year warranty period begins with the date of acceptance.  Total project cost for the improvements were $1,225,133.64. 

West Hickman Street Water System Improvements

This project involves replacement of an existing 6-inch unlined cast iron water line along West Hickman Street from Burns Avenue to Garner Street.  More specifically, the project scope includes installation of approximately 1,350 feet of ductile iron water line, 32 water meter setting upgrades and other necessary appurtenances.  The improvements have been designed and will be constructed in-house during March – June 2017 timeframe.  WMU conducted a public meeting with residents in the area of impact and inform them of the project on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., City Hall.  The cost of the work is anticipated to be approximately $215,306.03.  Water Main Replacement funds are the source of funds to be utilized for this work.  Staff has initiated work on the project completing three (3) wet taps at intersecting street locations. 

Bonnie Brook Lane Water Line Improvements

This project is being constructed in-house and involves replacement of a 2-inch unlined cast iron water line along Bonnie Brook Lane.  More specifically, the construction involves installation of approximately 500 feet of 6-inch ductile iron water line and four (4) water meter setting upgrades and other necessary appurtenances.  The work will be performed in conjunction with the Hampton Manor Sewer project.  Water Main Replacement funds will be the source of funds utilized for the work.  Work is expected to begin the week of October 16, 2017.  The budgeted amount for this work is $25,000.00.   Staff will report final project costs upon completion of the work.

Elevated Pressure Zone #3

The current proposed project involves construction of a booster pump station and associated piping and valves to create a fourth elevated pressure zone in lower pressure areas that include French Avenue, Sunset Heights and Colby Road.  While a precise project area has not been determined, work is expected to address low pressure experienced in these areas and improve customer service.  The cost of the work is anticipated to be approximately $422,000 based upon a preliminary cost estimates.  Water SDC funds are the potential source of funds to be utilized for this work.  The Commission approved Work Order No. 1 with Banks Engineering at the regular meeting on December 17, 2015 in the amount of $13,760.00.  An informational meeting with Banks was held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  Currently, Banks is reviewing information contained in the Water Hydraulic Model and will provide information in the coming weeks as it relates to alternatives.  Staff has met with Banks on February 9th, 25th, June 10th, and September 6th to discuss various aspects of the project and review alternatives.  The final product will be a Technical Memorandum (TM) outlining the work performed as well as recommended alternatives.  Comments on a draft TM have been compiled by WMU staff and forwarded to Banks for incorporation in the TM.  Presentation to the WMU Commission will most likely occur in the Second Quarter of 2017.

West Hickman Street Water System Improvements Public Presentation 2-28-17     

WMU Technical Memorandum Summary - Presentation 3-24-16      

Public Meeting Presentation 4-22-14