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File #: 180934.    Version: Name:
Type: Staff Recommendation Status: Passed
File created: 4/2/2019 In control: Utility Advisory Board
On agenda: 10/10/2019 Final action: 10/17/2019
Title: Selection of Progressive Design-Build Firm for the Main Street Water Reclamation Facility Improvements Program (B)
Attachments: 1. 180934_MSWRF_4-11-19_Presentation_20191010, 2. 180934_Notice_of_Intent_to_Award_20191010
Selection of Progressive Design-Build Firm for the Main Street Water Reclamation Facility Improvements Program (B)

The Main Street Water Reclamation Facility started treating wastewater in the 1920’s. This facility has seen upgrades and expansions over its 100 years of service. The last major plant upgrade was in the early 1990s and the plant is in need of significant upgrades over the next 6-10 years.

The proposed Main Street WRF Improvements Program will replace and upgrade assets at the facility to continue the necessary wastewater treatment and expand the facility’s capacity to meet current and future wastewater flows. The improvements to the plant are anticipated to bring the facility from a 7.5 MGD (Million Gallons per Day) capacity to 10-12 MGD. The improvements at Main Street Water Reclamation Facility will increase treatment capacity, prepare GRU to meet upcoming regulatory conditions, proactively address aging infrastructure, and lower operation and maintenance costs.

· Treatment Capacity: The area served by the Main Street WRF is becoming more densely populated and there are significant efforts to increase development in the east-side of Gainesville. In order to accommodate this growth and development, additional treatment capacity is required.
· Regulatory Conditions: GRU is proactively implementing innovative solutions to accommodate the needs of growth as well as future water quality treatment needs.
· Aging Infrastructure: The average age of equipment at Main Street WRF is 28 years old. Most of the equipment is reaching or exceeding the end of its useful life. Delay in replacement or rehabilitation of equipment could lead to customer and/or environmental impacts.
· Operation and Maintenance: Once the initial capital improvements are complete the facility will experience lower operation and maintenance costs due to increasing equipment efficiency, introducing new technology, and reducing reactive maintenance.

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