CU board hears water updates

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/20/17

Water/Wastewater  Vice President Craig Mullinax provided an update from his department to Cleveland Utilities' board at a recent gathering.Among items in his report was a video display of …

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Water/Wastewater  Vice President Craig Mullinax provided an update from his department to Cleveland Utilities' board at a recent gathering.

Among items in his report was a video display of upgrades for interior lighting at the Cleveland Filter Plant. The work was completed by Advanced Engineering and Design of Chattanooga.

"They replaced 61 of the old lights with LED fixtures, and installed 16 new fixtures," said Mullinax. He emphasized the new LED lights no longer have switches, as they are controlled by sensors.

He said the lighting improvements will operate at about 50 percent of the efficiency of the old system, and provides about double in lighting. "This is a huge advantage for an older plant," he said.

Mullinax also reported on several additional projects in the Water and Wastewater divisions. The reports included:

• Work is scheduled to proceed in February, 2018, on the headworks rehabilitation project. The contractor, W&O Construction, will start on-site construction when equipment arrives. This is a $1,023,550 project.

• Flocculation/sedimentation basin improvements will be re-bid on Thursday. Nov. 16. This is a budgeted $1,800,000 project.

• The design is complete on rehabilitation of the utility's backwash return pit. Bids will be received after CU receives bids on the flocculation/sedimentation improvements.

• A study is planned for electrical improvements for the utility's high-service pump.

• Design plans have been completed for CFP drainage improvements. Bids on this projects will also be received at a later date.

• Angel Construction Company will begin work in December on the Georgetown Road Water Tank, booster pump station, and water main extension.

• Santec is starting design work on upgrades of Dempsey Street, funding planned for fiscal year 2019.

• There are water main replacement projects planned for Craigmiles Street, Ridegeview Drive and Cherokee Drive. Construction is by Hampton Backhoe. Hampton also has a contract for water main replacements on Savannah and Spring streets.

• CTI Engineers had a $33,600 contract for inspection of 10 utility storage tanks, which is complete. These inspections were for inside and out, and no major needs were reported.

• Consultation is being obtained for utility relocations along the state's widening of Georgetown Road, from Davis Circle to Eureka Road.

• The water/wastewater manager also reported on ongoing sewer collection projects.

These include overflow pump station modifications on Mouse Creek Road, easement acquisitions for 2010 annexation on APD 40, and 30 easements for 2010/12 annexation on Benton Pike and Durkee Road.

• The design of the sanitary sewer extension  on Villa Drive by Land Development Solutions is complete. This is 778 feet of 8-inch sewer. Construction will be a $50,33745 project by Hampton Backhoe.

• Engineering plans under review for the Water Department include Laurel Ridge Subdivision on Tasso Lane, Fleeman Place on Foxfire Road, Stone Creek Subdivision on New Murraytown Road, and the Cherokee Gateway Boulevard sewer.

• Developments under construction include Spring Branch Industrial Park, The Grove at Hardwick Farms, Ashwood Place Subdivision, Stonebriar Subdivision, Westmore/Iverness Subdivision, and the Legacy Commons/Senior Living Center on Candies Lane.

• A number of wastewater rehabilitation projects are continuing over the winter months in the downtown Cleveland area.

• There were 24 meter sets during September, bringing the total for the fiscal year to 86. This is an average of 29 per month.

September meter sets included 18 single-family homes, two for townhomes, two for apartments, and one each for two commercial projects.

• Rainfall recorded at CU's Filter Plant show  the year's  total (to date) to be 1.36 inches above average. The community has received 46.45 inches prior to rainfall late last week. This was slightly over the annual average of 45.09 inches.

October's total was 3.11 inches, with the average for the month being 2.84 inches.

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