Pincher Creek town council has the chance to review what it might do with an extra $1 million after the winning bid for twinning the sanitary force main came under the amount budgeted.
Dennis’ Dirtworx has been awarded the project with a bid of $3,698,425.23, excluding GST. The town originally budgeted $4,568,000, with $2,555,000 being provided by the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership Grant.
The town received eight bids, which were reviewed by a three-member committee that included representatives from Stantec Consulting. Each bid was evaluated according to business qualifications, experience, personnel experience and price.
Dennis’ Dirtworx scored the highest according to the criteria, partially because the company has experience drilling, said Alexa Levair, the town’s capital project and asset co-ordinator.
“There are various points along this line that will have to be drilled, such as under the highway and the railroad,” she said.
A sanitary force main is a sewage pipe that is pressurized so waste can travel uphill. Installing another pipe will help reduce stress on the system when excess wastewater is added to the system, like during a rainstorm.
Having a second pipe will also allow repairs to be conducted without interrupting service to the town and avoid expensive problems caused by the force main failing, the most recent of which occured back in 2016 when the pipeline ruptured.
The town had applied for funding to complete the project back then, but the project was put on hold when no grant was awarded due to limited funding.
The province providing funding for the project now, said Mayor Don Anderberg, is a great win for the community.
“I’m glad that they did fund this. It’s been on our radar screen for years, and we just haven’t been able to source the funding to make it a reasonable project,” he said. “I’m really excited about this.”
The contracted deadline for twinning the sanitary force main is mid November.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze