The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s Board of Directors has awarded three more construction contracts – a $16.4 million contract to Eatherly Constructors of Leawood, Kansas for 17 miles of 16-inch diameter PVC pipe between Hull and Sheldon, Iowa, a $4,471,900 contract to DN Tanks of Dallas for a one-million gallon ground storage reservoir a few miles east of Madison, South Dakota, and a $5,212,892 contract to West Branch Construction of Boyden, Iowa for a pump station a few miles south of Hull and a meter building at Sheldon.
Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) will be used for all three projects. Lewis & Clark received a total of $75.5M in BIL funding for FY22 and is eligible to receive additional BIL funding in FY23 and FY24.
Two pumps in the Hull pump station are part of the 44.19 million gallons a day (MGD) “base system,” which is often rounded to 44 or 45 MGD. The contract amount includes a $165,271 bid alternate for a third pump that represents the start of construction to expand the system to 60 MGD and will be paid for separately using non-federal funds. System director Troy Larson said Monday that it’s much less expensive to add the third pump now instead of a separate contract later.
The goal is to have all 20 Lewis & Clark members connected by early 2025. It’s hoped that the system’s expansion will be completed by the end of 2030.