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Municipal/Utility Bulletin

MU 2018-07

February 16, 2018

 

REGISTER TODAY FOR EXPO SEMINARS

 

The 39th annual West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition (EXPO) features dozens of quality seminars, many offering continuing education credits. The EXPO website provides free advanced registration, information on local hotels, show hours and much more. Visit www.wvexpo.com today to register. Some of the seminars being offered this year include:

 

#6: Kanawha River Water Study Summary

Presented by Ericka Pauken, WVAW, Christina Parsons, Potesta & Associates.

This seminar discusses the Kanawha River Study that evaluated the Kanawha River as a potential alternative supply source for the West Virginia American Water Kanawha Valley Treatment Plant.

 

Wednesday, March 21 – 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

 

#7: Utilizing ORP in Wastewater to Improve Process Efficiency

Presented by Teri Merrifield, West Virginia Water Environment Association.

This seminar discusses overcoming the obstacles and mysteries of using ORP to drive wastewater processes. Discussion on what works and where to use ORP to increase efficiency in your plant.

 

Wednesday, March 21 – 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

 

#11: Source Water, Treatment and Lead Contamination

Presented by Lew Baker, West Virginia Rural Water Association.

This seminar will discuss the corrosivity of source waters and treatment chemicals, causing release of lead from plumbing into drinking water supplies.

 

Wednesday, March 21 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

UTILITY PROGRAMS PART OF PRESIDENT’S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN

 

The White House unveiled its long-awaited infrastructure plan Monday, fulfilling a signature campaign promise of President Trump. The 55-page plan included details not previously released. The official announcement from the White House means that the conversation amongst lawmakers can begin in earnest, especially with last week's budget deal that creates a level of stability through September 2019. 

 

As outlined in the proposal, the Administration would like to leverage $200 billion of direct federal investment into $1.5 trillion in output over the next decade for a range of infrastructure, including water and sewer programs. Of the proposed $200 billion, the plan sets aside: $50 billion for rural infrastructure projects in the form of state block grants; $20 billion for the "Transformative" Projects Program to fund cutting-edge projects deemed too risky to qualify for traditional funding, but which have the potential to fundamentally transform the way infrastructure is delivered or operated; $20 billion to expand Infrastructure Financing Programs like TIFIA, RRIF, WIFIA, in addition to broadening the use of Private Activity Bonds; and $100 billion for an Incentives Program that will provide block grants to states and localities as an incentive to invest, capped at 20% of the overall project cost.  A number of West Virginia utility projects are funded with this type of funding.

 

The document also outlines proposals to relax some regulatory requirements and bureaucratic hurdles in order to decrease project delivery time and increase cost efficiency, at topic recently discussed by CWCC members.

 

In addition, funding levels for the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water SRF's was announced in the President's FY19 Budget:  CW SRF - $997 million, and SDW SRF - $863 million.

 

MINDEN SEWER PROJECT HALTED BY GOVERNOR

 

Governor Justice halted work this week on a sewer plant in Fayette County. Gov. Justice issued the work stoppage until a final report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issued.  That report is expected to come out in late February or early March.  The decision to stop the work was made after representatives of the Governor met with concerned citizens. The sewer pipe route cuts through soil EPA testing shows has some PCB contamination. It said Minden residents have repeatedly asked Oak Hill City Council members to delay the project until after the final EPA report, which is expected to be released later this month or in early March. PCB is an industrial chemical the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists as a probable human carcinogen. The project is part of a $23.5 million sewer upgrade by Oak Hill to stop the flow of fecal contamination from Oak Hill and Minden sewer plants into Arbuckle Creek. The line runs from the old Arbuckle Public Service District sewer plant in Minden to the Oak Hill sewer plant.


Contract 1- Waterline Replacement, Town of Middlebourne


Bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM on 3/20/2018 for water line replacement for the Town of Middlebourne, Tyler County. Bids should be submitted to Town of Middlebourne, 211 Stealey Street, Middlebourne, WV  26149. A pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 AM on 3/6/2018 at the Town of Middlebourne, 211 Stealey Street, Middlebourne, WV. Plans and specifications are available from The Thrasher Group, Inc., 600 White Oaks Boulevard, Bridgeport, WV  26330, (304) 624-4108. Plans and specifications are expected in the CAWV Physical Planroom.

 

Contract 2 – 151,000 Gallon Water Storage Tank/ Existing Tank Rehabilitation, Town of Middlebourne

 

Bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM on 3/20/2018 for construction of a 151,000-gallon water storage tank and rehabilitation of the existing tank for the Town of Middlebourne, Tyler County. Bids should be submitted to Town of Middlebourne, 211 Stealey Street, Middlebourne, WV  26149. A pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 AM on 3/6/2018 at the Town of Middlebourne, 211 Stealey Street, Middlebourne, WV. Plans and specifications are available from The Thrasher Group, Inc., 600 White Oaks Boulevard, Bridgeport, WV  26330, (304) 624-4108. Plans and specifications are expected in the CAWV Physical Planroom.

 

Contract 3 – Water Treatment Plant Upgrades/ Improvements, Town of Middlebourne


Bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM on 3/20/2018 for water treatment plant upgrades and improvements for the Town of Middlebourne, Tyler County. Bids should be submitted to Town of Middlebourne, 211 Stealey Street, Middlebourne, WV  26149. A pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 AM on 3/6/2018 at the Town of Middlebourne, 211 Stealey Street, Middlebourne, WV. Plans and specifications are available from The Thrasher Group, Inc., 600 White Oaks Boulevard, Bridgeport, WV  26330, (304) 624-4108. Plans and specifications are expected in the CAWV Physical Planroom.

 

Cheat Mountain Water System acquisition, Pocahontas County


Bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM on 3/14/2018 for the installation of fencing at various sites, purchase of pumps and generators, valve installations, leak meter installations, water plant roof repairs, electrical service repairs and other incidental items, Cheat Mountain Water System, Pocahontas County. A pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 AM on 2/27/2018 Pocahontas County PSD office, 870 Snowshoe Drive, Slatyfork, WV. Bids should be submitted to the General Manager, Lloyd Coleman, at the office of the Pocahontas County PSD, P.O. Box 160, 870 Snowshoe Drive, Slatyfork, WV. Plans and specifications are available from E.L. Robinson Engineering Company, 5088 Washington Street West, Charleston, WV 25313. For additional information contact Eric Coerly Dunn, project manager, at (304) 776-7473 or email at ecoberly@elrobinson.com. Plans and specifications are also available in the CAWV Planroom in BIN 28. 

 

City of Salem Stormwater Elimination, Harrison County 2/13

 

Mike Enyart & Sons, Inc.............................................................................................. $1,208,543

Cove Run Contracting, Inc..........................................................................................   1,441,148

Pro Contracting, Inc.....................................................................................................   1,441,543

Solid Rock Excavating, Inc.........................................................................................   1,499,300

D & M Contracting, Inc. dba Paramount.....................................................................   1,548,000

Capitol Valley Contracting, Inc................................................................................   1,572,270

J. F. Allen Company..................................................................................................   1,816,760

 

*CAWV Members in bold type