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First contracts approved in PRWID's multimillion-dollar upgrade projects

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The Price River Water Improvement District is close to beginning its $7 million worth of projects for system-wide improvements.

On Tuesday, the board accepted the first two bids to begin work on the waste water treatment plant at Wellington and a spate of new or upgraded water and sewer pipelines.

Low bidder for the piping projects was Nelco Contractors at $345,131.50. Winner of the bidding for the waste water treatment plant repairs and reconstruction was Alder Construction of Salt Lake City with a base bid of $1,359,000.

The PRWID staff and its engineering consultants, Waterworks Engineers, will begin working with the contractors on the specific plans and evaluation of the equipment and materials to be used in the projects. The fundamental requirement is that these items must last at least 20 years with routine maintenance.

Twenty years is the term of the bonds that will finance about half of the overall cost of the projects. The board also approved the issuance of two sets of water and sewer revenue bonds, $950,000 for the waste water plant work and $2.5 million to finance improvements at the culinary water treatment plant at Castle Gate.

The bonds are zero-interest, and will be purchased by the state Community Impact board.

Bond repayment will be financed by increases in water and sewer rates, which were also approved by the board Tuesday. The hikes will add $1.00 to the monthly rates for all sewer customers. Retail water customers will see an increase of $1.25 a month, while wholesale customers - who buy through their municipal water companies - will be paying an additional 75 cents.

The principal objective of the sewer plant work is to repair structures and equipment that have worn out after decades of wear and tear and corrosion. Improvements at the water plant will bring its treatment capacity up to 6 million gallons per day, and to reduce the quantity of chlorinated organic byproducts.

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