City approves funding to design water treatment plant upgrades
Swift Current City Council is proceeding with a detailed design for an upgrade and expansion of Swift Current’s Water Treatment Plant.
At their May 25 meeting, City Council approved $867,500 in funding for a detailed design proposal for the estimated $13 million project. The upgrade would help expand capacity of the plant to 35 megalitres per day from the current 21 megalitres per day.
In a report to council, Director of Engineering Mac Forster pointed out many components of the plant are aging and some equipment is becoming obsolete or nearing the end of their effective life span. This is complicated by the fact Swift Current’s water demands are increasing due to growth, along with a series of heightened water quality regulations. There is a concern that in the near future the current plant will not be capable of consistently producing treated water that meets Saskatchewan’s Drinking Water Quality Standard and Objectives(SDWQSO) in adequate volumes.
To meet the tightening standards, the expansion will include an improved clarification process, a chemical management facility, an ultraviolet disinfection facility, new heating and electrical systems, high lift pump upgrades and two new washrooms.
“All capital and operating costs associated with water treatment are recovered through utility fees paid by the users,” Forster noted during his report. “The City of Swift Current water and sewer utility fee will be adjusted in the near future to accommodate costs associated with this project. It is however, anticipated that the City of Swift Current water and sewer utility rates will continue to be average to below average relative to the rates of other cities following this adjustment.”
Detailed engineering design is the next critical step for this project. Detailed design will finalize the treatment capacity of the plant and involve the preparation of all the detailed drawing and specifications for all components of the project.
Over the past several months AECOM and the City’s Engineering Department have engaged in several meetings and site visits to review the pre-design report and discuss fees for the Detailed Design component of the project.
As a result of these discussions, AECOM has submitted a fixed fee total cost of $867,500 to provide detailed engineering design service for this project. This represents 6.7 per cent of the total estimated cost of the project and is considered acceptable for a project of this complexity.
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