Clearwater’s town council voted last Tuesday to award a $475,000 contract to Canadian Western Mechanical Ltd. of Quesnel to complete the installation of an ultraviolet disinfection system in the Russell Creek water system.
“Another great project underway for the community,” commented Mayor John Harwood.
The contract is coming in somewhat higher than anticipated, said chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx. Costs have gone up since the original estimate was made, she said.
A Towns for Tomorrow grant of $400,000 will help pay for the project.
An additional $72,000 is being set aside from the 2012 Water Reserve funds for contingencies.
The new UV system will complement the existing chlorination disinfection system.
The project will include new UV disinfection equipment located at the existing chlorination building and two new pumps with variable frequency drives to replace the existing pumps at the booster station.
The on-line monitoring instruments and chlorination equipment will be relocated within the existing chlorination building. A redundant closing pump and new safety equipment will be added.
Also included in the contract are the preparation of an operations and training manual plus operator training.
A water conservation plan is a requirement of the Towns for Tomorrow grant.