The rainfall total for January was 5.37 inches, with 3.45 in February and 4.90 in March.
Craig Mullinax, Cleveland Utilities vice president of the Water Division, said projected rainfall for the year is 43.62 inches, which is 9.39 below normal. The annual average is 53.01 inches.
Total rainfall last year was 71.61 inches, or an average of 5.97 month. The previous year (2010) was much like this year, which has started out with a monthly average of 4.00 and total rainfall of only 48.03.
Cleveland Utilities is involved in a number of projects at its Water Division, Mullinax reported in a recent session of the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities.
Some portions of the centrifuge project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant have been completed, including conveyance procurement, conveyance installation, conveyance equipment and conveyance concrete improvements, he said. The centrifuge and conveyance system are 98 percent complete, and a second procurement project is 87 percent finished. Another procurement project is 72 percent complete.
The biggest expense remaining on the $860,257 project is equipment purchase. Only $54,438 (14 percent) has been spent on the $395,033 contract to Flottweg.
There are various water distribution projects at different stages of completion.
- The Dalton Pike utility relocation project, with 100 percent paid by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, is 99 percent complete. GRW is 85 percent finished with design and construction services on the $218,977 contract.
- Eldridge Drive water tank’s rehabilitation is complete, a $500,000 budget item. Construction by Metroplex lacks 5 percent of being finished. The tank will now be repainted.
- May 15 is a big day for bids on the Georgetown Road tank and booster pump station. The project is budgeted at $550,000, with Jacobs Engineers having contracts on preliminary design, design and construction services.
- Contractors are now working on the inside of the Weeks Drive storage tank. TankPro has the contract for construction at $524,195. This project is budgeted at $620,000 with Sept. 5 anticipated as the completion date.
- The design has been completed for a 20-inch water main from the Eldridge Drive water tank to 20th Street. GRW Engineers did the design and has contracted for easement and permits, bidding and construction services.
- Arcadis is halfway through the design phase of 20- and 24-inch water mains from the HUC Plant to 20th Street. The contract for the design is $175,000.
- A 16-inch, 4,275-foot water main at Wacker is expected to be operational in June. CTI Engineers have the contracts for design and construction services. Hampton Backhoe will handle the construction.
- Hampton Backhoe Service has completed a water main extension on White Oak Valley Road. The $94,728 contract was for 5,657 feet of 8-inch water main. CU did the design. Hampton has also completed the installation of 4,019 feet of eight-inch line on Rabbit Valley Road, a contract of $64,409.