2006-02-23 / Front Page

Narragansett Avenue water project bid approved

By Sam Bari

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners Tuesday night, the Town Council unanimously approved a bid from C.B. Utility Co. of Bristol for the water distribution improvements to Narragansett Avenue. The project will run from East Ferry to North Main Road and is contracted to be completed for an amount not to exceed $760,950.

Public Works Director Steve Goslee and Town Engineer Michael Gray chose the bid. Goslee told the council the bid included the replacement of the water main, services, and sidewalk repair with asphalt instead of cement.

In other business, Goslee informed the commission that the contracts have been signed for the new water tower. Fisher Tank, a Pennsylvania-based company, will construct the tower. They will begin work by building the concrete ring wall that supports the tank. A work schedule has yet to be established.

The town water wells are all full. However, JR-1 and JR-3 are out of service. They will resume pumping in the spring.

The reservoir aeration system is operational. The water-color level has decreased slightly this month and is expected to continue to decrease depending on the severity of any rain events that occur.

The water treatment plant ran at 100 percent efficiency this month. Samples were taken for the first quarter for disinfection byproducts on Jan. 25. Disinfection byproducts are formed during the chlorination process. The results were 58 milligrams per liter. The yearly average must be less than 60 milligrams per liter. The results have been highest during the winter because of the longer detention time in the system during the period of low pumping. The new treatment technology is designed to help reduce the formation of disinfection byproducts.

Fay, Spofford & Thorndike of Burlington, Mass., the engineering company awarded the project, is completing the site plan and drainage calculations for a new water treatment plant on the existing treatment plant site.

These plans will be incorporated into town’s application for a required permit from state Coastal Resource Management Council. Goslee anticipates the application will be ready for submission to theCRMC this coming month. The next step will be going before the town Planning Commission for site plan review.

There were no water main breaks for the month of December. However, two small service line leaks were repaired.

Goslee also reported that the plans for wastewater treatment plant upgrade are complete. The state Department of Environmental Management reviewed the plans and presented a short list of items for clarification. Goslee anticipates that all of the items will be addressed and the plans will be put out to bid in early March.

Eight flow meters were rented to monitor flows in the wastewater collection system this wet season. They are scheduled to be installed on March 1 and will be left in place for two months to ensure that adequate data is collected. Four consulting firms have been interviewed to help with the study. Gray and Goslee will be making a recommendation to Town Administrator Bruce Keiser before the next board meeting.

In an unrelated matter, the Donald Muir application for water service extension at 44 East Shore Rd. was given a continuance to the next meeting of the commission.

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