Clay RWS awards bids for $1.3 million project

Clay RWS awards bids for $1.3 million project The Clay Rural Water System has awarded bids for its $1.3 million Greenfield Supply Project. The project will increase supply in the southern portion of the distribution system.

Winter Brothers Underground of Sioux Falls was the low bidder on the pipeline segment, which includes 15 miles of 8-inch diameter pipe. Their accepted bid was $747,692. Hander Plumbing of Sioux Falls had the low bid of $207,320 for the water treatment plant phase of the project. Total project cost including engineering, right-of-way and administration is $1,286,483. Construction is expected to begin in early spring of 2005 and be complete by Aug. 1.

The project is being undertaken to keep pace with increased growth in the areas served by the water system around the city of Vermillion. The project will include an interconnect with the city of Vermillion, which will allow Clay RWS to purchase water for emergency and peak use, a small water treatment plant/booster station located just north of Vermillion, and the pipeline. The pipeline will connect the Systems' Greenfield Reservoir, located along Interstate 29, with the planned treatment plant.

The Clay Rural Water System annually pumps, treats and delivers over 155 million gallons of water to over 1,600 rural farms, residences and businesses in a five county area in southeast South Dakota. Its headquarters are located east of Wakonda.

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