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 has plans 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.  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 monthly progress meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 13, 2018.  Work continues in the filter building, high service pump (clearwell) and chemical building areas.   Approximately 30% of the project time has expired prior to substantial completion.  Contractor payments show approximately 12% paid out for work completed through Pay Request No. 8.  As of the end of October 2018 the contractor is 21% complete with construction.  As of this time the project remains on schedule.  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


North Bloomfield Water Service Upgrades

This in-house project involves reconnection of water services on North Bloomfield (Lexington Avenue to Forest Avenue) to a larger 12-inch water line in the area.  The work is anticipated to improve service to those that live along this section of Bloomfield and eliminate lines that are subject to failure.  Work was completed during the week of October 8, 2018.  Paved and non-paved site restoration is complete.  Final project costs are $26,998.45


Woodland Drive Water Improvements

This project was constructed in-house and involved replacement of approximately 330 feet of 6-inch unlined cast iron pipe along Woodland Drive at the intersection of South Main Street.  The construction provided upgraded water service to eight (8) residences and addressed water quality problems experienced in this area due to the existing pipe material and low flow conditions.  Work began during the month of July and is complete.  Public Works completed paving activities during the week of October 8, 2018.  All work on the project is complete as of October 15, 2018.  The budgeted amount for the work was $60,000.00.  Final project costs were $52,210.21.


Winchester Bypass (Veterans Memorial Parkway) Utility Relocations

This project involves relocation of existing water and sanitary sewer infrastructure along the Winchester Bypass (Veterans Memorial Parkway) corridor from KY89 to KY627.  Staff attended a meeting at Department of Highways (KDOT), District 7 offices on Thursday, March 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m.  The meeting was held to coordinate the relocation or adjustment of facilities owned and operated by those impacted by construction of the project.  WMU staff is currently working with KDOT officials to obtain approval for selection of an engineering firm to facilitate the design of the relocated water and sewer facilities in the area.  The WMU Commission will be required to approve an engineering work order as well.   Management received a letter on May 26, 2016 from KDOT informing all parties that work on the project had been suspended for at least the next twelve months.  No specific cause for the suspension of work was provided.


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 was a new sanitary sewer line connection and cleanout installed for the facilities.  All pipework is complete with the exception of adjusting the existing meter setting to grade.  Staff is awaiting Allen Co. to finish grade work before work on the meter box is completed.  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 was estimated at $25,000; however updates to the project budget will most likely result in a reduced budget.  WMU will invoice GFC upon completion of the work on a time and materials basis.


Fulton Road Water and Sewer Relocation

This project includes construction and relocation of approximately 307 linear feet of 12-inch PVC and 248 linear feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer and appurtenances as part of the Fulton Road Extension project (City project).  The work will be constructed as part of the final phase of the Fulton Road Extension project.  The Kentucky Division of Water approval letter and construction permit have been received.  The project has been redesigned to accommodate easement acquisition.  Staff has met with the design engineer to provide comments.   All expenses associated with the relocation work are being borne by others.


Elevated Pressure Zone #3

?The proposed project involved 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 was anticipated to be approximately $422,000 based upon 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 to prepare a Technical Memorandum (TM) outlining recommendations and alternatives.  Banks presented the TM information to the WMU Commission on May 20, 2017.  Banks provided multiple alternatives and recommended that no additional work be implemented until after the new WTP is designed since a new Hydraulic Grade Line (HGL) will be established at that point.