The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System opened bids on March 18 for the Tea Pump Station. The apparent low bid of $10,173,800, which includes a bid alternate for three additional pumps, was from Ericksen Construction of Blair, NE. This was well below the engineer's estimate of $12,637,000, which also includes the estimate for the bid alternate. The Lewis & Clark Board will take action on the bids at its meeting on April 1.
This pump station, located two miles northwest of Tea, is an important central pumping facility for the system. It will enable Lewis & Clark to deliver water to Sioux Falls, Tea, Harrisburg, Lincoln County RWS, Minnehaha Community Water Corp, Madison, Rock Rapids, Luverne, Rock County RWD, Lincoln-Pipestone RWS, Worthington and Sibley. The pump station will be located between two 7.5 million gallon above ground storage reservoirs, which already are under construction. Construction on the pump station is expected to begin in late spring and the deadline for substantial completion is September 2011.
"This project is another big step forward for Lewis & Clark. We were very pleased with the bid results and proud to be part of the continued economic recovery of the region," said Executive Director Troy Larson.
Once the pump station contract is awarded, the total amount of construction contracts awarded by Lewis & Clark will be $261.4 million.