Ogden bond money for water, sewer projects almost spent

Jul 26 2011 - 11:14pm

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OGDEN -- The city has spent most of the $50 million in bonds issued in 2008 for pressing water, sewer and storm system projects.

The construction of water tanks, the installation of new pipes and other work have already been completed, said Justin Anderson, the city's engineer.

About $5 million in bond money remains, and final projects, including an upgrade of sewer lines along 36th Street, should be finished by the end of 2012, said Anderson, who added that he's pleased with the progress of the work.

"We've been able to accomplish what we set out to do. We've been able to spend money wisely and efficiently to make a positive impact on the city's infrastructure."

Ogden City Councilman Doug Stephens said he also is pleased with the projects that have been accomplished.

"It's a step forward," he said. "The infrastructure has not been improved for quite some time. It not only provides quality of service, it provides more fire-suppression protection. It looks to the future of how we are going to supply water."

The following projects have been finished or are slated for completion:

* 5 million-gallon water tank at 36th Street: The $2.8 million tank is operational and replaces a pair of steel tanks that were about 80 years old. Grading is under way at the site. Efforts will be made to revegetate the area in the fall and next spring.

* Rehabilitation of the city's well field: Six wells have been rehabilitated near Pineview Reservoir for about $900,000. The rehabilitation allows wells that provide drinking water to more than 60 percent of the city's population to operate more efficiently. The city is also looking at adding as many as two wells in Ogden in the future.

* Installation of equipment to address treated water taste and odor issues: An $800,000 sodium hypochlorite system will be installed at the city's water treatment plant in the fall.

* Upgrade of aging water lines: The city will spend about $1.5 million to upgrade water lines on Madison Avenue near 1500 North; 30th Street and Jefferson Avenue; and along Harrisville Road. Work is expected to be completed by the end of August.

* Sewer pipe along Wall Avenue: Existing pipes have been slip-lined for reinforcement at the intersection of 23rd Street and Wall Avenue as well as extended from 26th Street along the length of Wall Avenue at a cost of about $1.8 million.

* New water lines: Water lines are being replaced from 28th Street to 30th Street on both sides of Washington Boulevard for about $600,000. Work is scheduled to be completed next month.

* Water tanks east of 9th Street: A 4 million- and a 1 million-gallon water tank costing $4 million have been installed east of 9th Street.

* New sewer lines: 8-inch pipe will be replaced with 10-inch and 12-inch pipe along 23rd Street between Monroe and Washington boulevards at a cost of about $550,000. Work is scheduled to be completed in August.

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