Barkley Water pipe replacement about 95 percent done
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Feb 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The pipe replacement phase of Lake Barkley Water District’s $7.5 million water system improvement plan should be completed within the next few weeks, said Lake Barkley Water District Manager Terry Goins.

Currently that phase of the project is about 95 percent complete, as the district have paid Mount Hermon-based Twin States, the contractor in charge of the pipe expansion project, $1.206 million of the $1.331 million cost of the project, said Goins.

In contrast, the district has paid Lawrenceburg-based Smith Contractors, the contractor in charge of the plant expansion phase of the project, $1.06 million of the $5.665 million cost of the project, Goins said, adding that plant expansion project is about 30 percent complete.

Although the contractors have until April 18 to complete the pipe expansion project, they should be finished in the next 3 – 4 weeks, and while the snow delayed work on the plant expansion project, the contractors in charge should finished before the Nov. 8 deadline, Goins said.

The snow didn’t affect the line expansion as much because the work is very different from the plant expansion project, which involves the laying of a lot of concrete, whereas the pipe expansion project mostly involves digging and laying pipe.

While a shut down was necessary during part of the project, a reserve tank ensures that there will be no interruptions of service to the district’s more than 5,000 customers, said Goins.

When the pipe expansion project is complete, the 8-inch and 12-inch water lines, which have connected Lake Barkley to the plant, will be completely replaced with a 16-inch ductile iron raw water line, said Goins, who also said that carrying capacity to the plant won’t suffer.

Goins said that the plant expansion phase involves upgrades and renovations to the Lake Barkley Water Treatment Plant, including an increase of the plant capacity from 2 million gallons to 4 million gallons per day.

Goins stated that the contractors will also refurbish the raw water intake and will install three new raw water pumps, each with 50 horsepower, and a new 600,000-gallon concrete clearwell, or underground storage tank, will be installed and will compliment the existing 250,000-gallon tank.

Also included are a new 87,000-gallon sedimentation basin, a new chemical storage and feed facility, a new high service pump building with three new 250-horsepower pumps, a new water analysis laboratory and renovation of four water filters, Goins said.
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