COPPERAS COVE — The City Council awarded a nearly $2.2 million water infrastructure project Tuesday to Georgetown-based Cunnginham Construction, but hopes to save funds by removing portions of the improvements.
The Mountain Top water improvements call for the construction of a 68,000-gallon ground storage tank and a 300,000-gallon elevated storage tank, stated the city’s capital improvement plan.
But after receiving contractor bids in October that were more than the city’s budgeted $1.9 million, the city hopes to remove the construction of the larger tank from the project.
“I will ask for them to remove the tank and per the local government they have to agree,” said City Manager Andrea Gardner. “I feel confident that they will agree.”
The city spent the past four months securing the nearly $2.2 million lowest bidder, Cunningham Construction, in case it decided not to allow a change order to remove the tank, Gardner said.
With the removal of the tank, the project would still include a booster pump station and a 16-inch water line that will run from Farm-to-Market 1113 down Oliver Street, Bradford Street and then up to the ground storage tank.
Water projects such as the Mountain Top project, which includes more than the tanks, have been bid multiple ways by the city, Gardner said. Sometimes a water line is bid with the water storage tank and other times it is not.
Gardner said if the contractor agreed to remove the larger storage tank, the project would cost an estimated $1 million project. The city would then have to rebid the construction of the larger water tank.
Gardner told the council Tuesday that the city hopes to use savings from another water project to better afford the tank’s future construction.
Once complete, the Mountain Top project will increase water pressure, allowing for better fire protection for those in the Mesa Verde subdivision and its future development.
The project also creates a looped water infrastructure system that allows for constant flow so there is less flushing and bacteria buildup in the line. It also provides alternative ways for water to get to homes when mains need to be shut off.
The present water line that runs down Skyline Drive dead-ends.