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Council approves contractor for control systems at water treatment plant

Lloydminster City Council has approved the contractor for the control system of the water treatment plant.

Peco Electrical of Leduc has gotten the nod for the new control system at a cost of $474,153 excluding GST, to be allocated from the 2021 Capital Budget.

In making Tuesday’s decision, Council also approved a contingency allowance of 15 per cent in the amount of $71,000, excluding GST, for the project.

The water treatment plant and control system date back to 1984 and is nearing the end of its serviceable life, the City notes.

Mayor Gerald Aalbers pointed out that Administration is being proactive by moving forward on this project.

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“So rather than having money budgeted in 2021 and 2022, and drag it out over three years, it has come over two years basically and they have asked for some additional funds to get this project underway and get it completed. There is cost savings by doing that of course and that is what was brought forward to Council today.”

The City indicates that an upgrade will boost operational efficiencies.

The control system upgrade covers the River Water Pump-house, Water Treatment Plant, West End Reservoir, and Upgrader Booster Station.

A detailed task list includes:

  1. Relocation of existing control panels
  2. Fabrication and installation of replacement control panels and pedestals
  3. Termination of all existing field wiring in replacement control panels
  4. Supply and installation of instrumentation
  5. All associated electrical, instrumentation, and controls
  6. Verification that the new control panel can adequately send/receive information to existing systems
  7. System commissioning, and
  8. Demolition of existing control panels.

Aalbers noted the critical importance of water in the lives of residents.

“Water is something that everybody expects to happen each and everyday, for fire protection for residents [and] watering the grass at your home. In the mornings, afternoons or evenings, when you’re having a shower or brushing your teeth, you want to know that the water is there and is going to be there. It’s going to be clean and it’s going to be delivered.”

Council also approved funding sources for the project including an additional $39,000 excluding GST for consultants MPE Engineering of Lethbridge who will oversee the installation of the system.

Council documents show the final tally for this project is $674,111.95 with a saving of $888.05.

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