New Water Treatment Plant (Contract 81)

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 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.  A preconstruction meeting will be held on January 24, 2018 and the official sale of bonds has not been established for financing of the project. 

  • 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
  • Notice to Proceed – 1/24/18
  • Construction Begins – 2/5/18
  • Bond Sale – 2/1/18
  • Bond Closing – 2/22/18
  • Substantial Completion – 2/5/20

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