Lewis & Clark Regional Water System awards $14.3 million for pipeline construction – SDPB Radio

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The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System has awarded $14.3 million to Carstensen Contracting for The final half of the Madison service line Inside the japanese An factor of the state.

“In complete, that service line is 42 miles, we divided that into 5 fullly different parts. And So as that is the final of these 5 parts,” said Authorities Director Troy Larson. ” We’re excited to finally have The complete Madison service line beneath contract And In a place to be constructed.”

Larson said The thought for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System started Inside the Nineteen Eighties and enchancment started in earnest in 2004.

“So We have been at this A very, very Very prolonged time. And we’re roughly 93% full. So The good information is, We will see The sunshine On The prime of the tunnel,” Larson said. “However As quickly as I say 93%, full, people might assume, properly, You will be carried out, You understand, tomorrow. And that is not the case, we nonetheless have in all probability 4 or 5 yrs to go To finish this enterprise. So we’re making good progress, but we nonetheless have a methods to go.”

Larson said the low bid for the enterprise was $1.9 million above their unique price range As a Outcome of of inflation.

Larson assumes the significance of this enterprise Can’t be beneathsaid.

“Water has been taken As a proper For therefore A few yrs Inside the Midwest, and It is turning into such a scarce commodity. There’s All Sorts of financial enchancment alternatives Which have been turned away On this area Due to lack of water,” he said. “With out water, You can’t have financial enchancment, You can’t have the Top extreme quality of life that we anticipate.”

Later this yr, the areaal water system will award contracts for a A million gallon floor storage reservoir A pair of miles east of Madison, and further pumps On the Crooks pump station. These are the final two contracts needed to ship water to Madison.

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