“We have four contractors all actively working, and everything is going fine,” said Mike Walraven, with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc., who is the project manager for the $32 million surface water treatment plant project. “Everything should be completed in August.”
Walraven said Reynolds Inc. is in charge of the water treatment plant construction, which is under way, and P.F. Moon Construction is in charge of the raw water intake construction, also under way at this time. Gary’s Grading and Pipeline is laying pipe from the plant near Ragland along Alabama 144 toward Wattsville, and Garney Construction Companies is handling the bulk of the pipe work.
“We are overseeing 75,000 feet of 20-inch, 18-inch and 16-inch water main and two water storage tanks,” said Kevin Griffin, superintendent for Garney Construction Companies for the CVWSD project.
Griffin said workers are laying pipe along U.S. 231, and will soon lay pipe along Alabama 144 for about a mile to a mile-and-a-half to connect to the pipe laid by Gary’s Grading and Pipeline.
“We have approximately 17,000 feet of pipe left to lay,” he said.
Griffin said after finishing the pipe along Alabama 144, workers would finish laying pipe along U.S. 231, ending at Hazelwood Drive in Pell City.
“We may bring in a second crew to work on both Alabama 144 and U.S. 231 simultaneously,” he said. “If we bring in a second crew, hopefully everything would be completed by the beginning to middle of March.”
Griffin said work was progressing on schedule, and the weather had not really affected work.
“Everything is going well,” he said. “We want the end result to be a good project for the community.”
The surface water treatment facility will initially pump 3 mgd (millions gallons a day) of treated surface water. The plant is capable of producing 6 mgd of treated surface water without any capital improvements, however the facility is designed to pump as much as 12 mgd of treated water.
St. Clair County, Odenville, Springville and Pell City, the four members of the water supply district, are required to purchase 750,000 gallons of water each day from the surface water treatment facility.