The City of Williams voted to move forward with water system improvements, including a new digital meters reading service, during last Wednesday’s council meeting.
“For some time now, we have been trying to get through a grant application and receive funds for water systems improvement,” said Frank Kennedy, Williams city administrator.
The City is approved for a $4.8 million dollar grant to complete the project, which will come at no cost to the city, as the grant has no matching funds requirement.
Once funding is received, the City will finally begin its 2016 Water System Improvement Project to improve the quality of water by adding a filtration system to well No. 8, adding an automated meter reading system, and improving reliable water operations with an electronic well system, officials said.
“We spend over 500 man hours a year reading the meters,” said Kennedy. “With this new system, we would be able to read the new meters with a push of a button, saving the city thousands of dollars a year.”
Kennedy also said that the metering system would allow the city to detect leaks in the system saving valuable water resources, and improve accuracy of billing.
Additionally, Kennedy said that once completed, residents would notice much improvement in the quality of water at the faucet and that water is delivered on a consistent basis.
The Council voted unanimously to approve to move ahead, hiring PACE Engineering to complete the application and seek the grant, at a cost of $781,600.
Kennedy said that it was in the best interest of the council to proceed using PACE Engineering as the City has a great working relationship with the firm, and it would speed up the process.
“We are very comfortable with PACE Engineering,” said Kennedy. “They’ve done all of our design work for the 1-million gallon water tank, wastewater treatment plant, and others.”
“It has been a long journey to get to this point,” Kennedy added.
Laurie McCollumn of PACE Engineering said that she expects the project to be available for public bidding in early October, with a spring construction starting date.
If all goes well, the project would be completed in the Spring of 2022, she said. ■