Preliminary quotes higher than estimated for new
by Alan Reed
Jan 16, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Barkley Lake Water Commission experienced sticker shock with the report of engineering Consultant Ricky Oakley on early estimates on new water tanks received while soliciting bids on the replacement of the Pete Light Springs tank.

The district intends to replace the older tank with an elevated tower with 1.5 million gallon capacity.

“I’ve gotten an education in the last week about tanks, and I am not sure if I know more now,” said Oakley. “One tank salesman said this was a $2.5 million project, when we estimated the cost at $1.9 million. We have to figure out how we can make this work. We can’t open bids and not know where the extra $200,000-$300,000 is coming from.”

Oakley said that one manufacturer suggested that a composite tank, a steel tank on concrete pedestal might cost only slightly more than the estimated cost at $2 million. He told the commission that he modified the bid solicitation to include composite tanks with the traditional legged tank and extended the deadline until January 31 to reflect the change.

Originally the commission rejected composite tanks because estimates placed them $200,000 higher than legged tanks.

In the alternative, Oakley said that a one million gallon tank could save up to $900,000. “Half-a-million gallons may not be worth $900,000, and we might be able to build a 500,000 gallon tank for almost less than that.”

Commissioner Scott Bridges opposed the reduction of tank capacity. “We’re spending all this money now so we don’t have to go through this again in 10 years.” Bridges added that the increased capacity allowed the district to sell water to wholesale customers, including the City of Cadiz.

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