Dover seeks grant for water plant improvements

DOVER — City council on Monday unanimously approved a revised grant application for $79,744 to upgrade and improve the plant processes at the Long Point Road Water Treatment Plant.

The application will be submitted to Delaware Health and Social Services for a “Drinking Water Matching Planning Grant” for the second phase of design for the City of Dover Water Treatment Plant Process.

“The previous equipment was the original equipment that was installed,” said city manager Scott Koenig. “It has aged over time and gone from being state of the art to really being obsolete.”

The efforts and associated analysis determined that present treatment methods are no longer appropriate to reach primary and secondary water quality standards in conjunction with the goal to upgrade the Long Point Road Water Treatment Plant to full capacity.

“As a result, the scope of work for the design phase of the project had to be revised,” Mr. Koenig said. “Based on the modified design requirements, we expect construction costs to be higher to reflect new treatment methods.”

Revised construction cost estimates will not be available until final design is completed, due to site specificity.

“It is our intent to apply for the grant and complete the rest of the design in Fiscal Year 2016 and reevaluate what the construction dollars will be once the final designs are done,” Mr. Koenig said.

“The FY16 budget will cover the design costs, but however we anticipate the construction cost to be higher, so we will have to bring back a funding plan for the capital improvements associated with the costs that will have to be evaluated with the FY 17 budget in the 5 year plan going forward.

The second phase of design for this project, at a total cost of $284,360, qualifies for the Drinking Water Matching Planning Grant, which provides match amount funding for projects which include General Drinking Water Facility Plans and Project Plans and Specifications.

Although adequate funds are available for project design in FY 2016, Public Works staff looked to find additional funding sources to help offset the increased costs.

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