Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 16, 2013

Next phase of water plant to begin

By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — After several months of planning and design work and maneuvering approval hoops, work is expected to begin in the next few weeks on the next phase of a major overhaul of Glasgow Water Co.’s wastewater treatment plant.

Scott Young, general manager for GWC, said Judy Construction Co. of Cynthiana, the company awarded the project in August with the low bid of $8.2 million, is “mobilizing” to bring their necessary equipment and get set up at the facility.

Most of the construction work won’t kick in fully until warmer weather returns, he said, but in the meantime, demolition in some areas will begin. Some critical areas will be exposed that will allow access to certain pipes and they will lay conduit for communications and other lines.

“This is a very complex project that involves a lot of different processes,” Young said.

One of the primary factors is that the existing elements of the wastewater treatment plant must continue running during the process, so the new portions must be constructed and ready to go before the others can be taken offline.

The project includes a new headworks building and screens; a new influent pumping station; two new circular clarifiers and conversion of the existing one into a basin to hold 1 million gallons of surge overflow; replacement of handrails and catwalks and other safety improvements; a new electrical building; movement of electrical lines and transformer underground; updating lighting; reconstruction of the return-activated sludge and waste-activated sludge systems; and expanding the capabilities of the system control and data acquisition program.

GWC is selling $6.5 million in bonds to finance the bulk of the project. Two grants – $1.94 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and $455,000 from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority – have been obtained as well, making the total funding available $8,795,000.

An emergency generator had been pulled out of the contract for which bids were advertised, as GWC planned to secure that separately and the estimated cost that would be combined into the total cost would be $350,000 to $400,000.

Several things changed over the course of the past several months that contributed to changes in the timeline.

“It isn’t that we’re behind schedule or anything, we just changed the scope of the project pretty significantly as we went along,” Young said.

The additional money from EDA, for example, meant more could be done sooner, but also meant more engineering and additional approval levels and such.

“I can’t wait till we’re done; it’s going to be a nice plant,” Young said.

He’ll have to wait awhile, though, because the process about to get under way entails a 20-month construction plan.

“We are on schedule and, so far, under budget,” he said.

Acknowledging the age of the facility – some portions nearly 50 years old and newer ones 37 years old, he continued: “You can get into a lot of unknowns with a project of this scale, but we’re good at solving problems and finding alternate solutions."

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