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Major PAWSD capital projects on tap in 2010

The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) has released its list of 2010 contract awards for various capital improvements. The included projects are components of the district’s long-term 2055 water and sewer Capital Improvement Plans, the work of which employs several local and regional contractors and consultants.

The Highlands Lagoon Elimination Project, a multi-million dollar undertaking largely funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), began last year and will continue this spring, as weather permits. For $3.87 million, the district hired Triad Western Contractors Inc., a Cortez, Colo., firm, to install sewer mains and a lift station from the lagoon site to the Vista Wastewater Treatment Plant. Triad then subcontracted Hart Construction Co. of Pagosa Springs to complete about a third of the project.

Phase Two will begin sometime toward the end of February and includes Vista treatment plant improvements that will accommodate increased flows from the Highlands and Hatcher areas. PAWSD awarded Southwest Contracting LLC (of Cortez) the assignment at an amount not to exceed $4,071,500. The entire project is scheduled for a November 2011 completion.

The district renewed a sanitary sewer system maintenance contract with Southwest Water Company (formerly Eco Resources Inc.) for another year. That project involves cleaning, televising and repairing sections of the district’s 100-mile sewer main collection system. Based in Arvada, Colo., Southwest Water will hold to its 2007 fee schedule.

Weaver General Construction Co. of Englewood, Colo. was the second-lowest of eight bidders with a plan to expand and upgrade the Hatcher Water Treatment Plant. Because the district considered Weaver “very qualified,” it awarded the company a $3.56 million contract to install contemporary water treatment technology that will meet increasingly-strict federal and state drinking water regulations. The project will begin as weather permits, and is scheduled for a late 2010 or early 2011 completion.

Hart Construction Co. has again been declared District Contractor, an annual designation awarded a firm for handling certain new and routine maintenance chores. Projects typically include the installation or replacement of sewer and water mains, sewer lift stations, fire hydrants and other infrastructure. Hart has served the district in that capacity since 2007.

The district also enjoys regular association with Briliam Engineering Services, Davis Engineering Service Inc., Ecosphere Environmental Services, Aqua-Hab Inc. and Bedrock Blasting. According to PAWSD officials, these ongoing working relationships should allow a productive and proactive 2010.

chuck@pagosasun.com