Wastewater treatment plant contract awarded
BARSTOW • The first phase of a wastewater treatment plant improvement project will soon begin after the contract was awarded during Monday’s city council meeting.
Kana Engineering Group, Inc., was awarded the contract for the wastewater treatment plant improvements Phase 1 initiative with a $8,140,441.28 bid, with the overall project budget set at $8,710,272.17. Funding will come from the city of Barstow, the Environmental Developmental Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The city collected eight total bids prior to the Sept. 9 deadline. Two of the bids were eliminated and the Rancho Cucamonga-based company proposed the lowest bid amount of the remaining six companies.
According to the Chief Plant Operator Kody Tompkins, the construction is expected to begin in October and is scheduled to take 18 months to complete.
“These improvements are well needed,” Tompkins said. “The wastewater treatment plant hasn’t had an overhaul in over 40 years. This will have a major impact for the facility’s staff to efficiently control the incoming wastewater to meet current permit requirements.”
Tompkins said some of the main upgrades are replacing the entire electrical control room for secondary treatment, installing a screw press, replacing the current bell press, replacing primary effluent pipeline that runs through Dean Wash and installing a larger capacity standby generator.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.