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GDPUD: Water plant redesign OK’d

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From page A1 | November 01, 2013 | 16 Comments

At a special meeting held Tuesday night, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District approved redesigning the plans for the retrofit of the Auburn Trails Water Treatment Plant.

Doing so will save the district an estimated $1.05 million. The plant was estimated to cost $10.8 million based on the original plans.

The plant redesign will be done by Psomas, the engineering firm that prepared the original plans for the plant. The cost for their services is estimated at $102,700. That cost does not include having to re-bid the project, which will be an additional $20,000, according to Interim General Manager Gary Hoffmann.

By far the biggest cost saver in the redesign would be replacing a planned 300,000-gallon steel tank and pump station with a disinfection basin in the basement of the new filter building. That one change chipped $802,000 off the total price tag for the plant. It also eliminated the need to pump the filtered water into the tank as well as the need for variable frequency drives for the pumps, said Hoffmann. Other cost savings were achieved by revising the sludge drying beds, reducing some of the paving, deleting site work associated with the no-longer-needed tank and pump station, and revising the heating and cooling systems.

Hoffmann noted that when comparing what Psomas recommended as changes to the plant and those recommended by consulting engineer Webb Owen, many of the design changes were the same, although removing the tank was not one of Owen’s recommendations.

Previously Owen submitted a report that suggested changes to the plant’s design to cut its cost.

The board also reviewed an analysis prepared by Psomas of what the redesign would save in yearly operational costs. That amount was projected at $26,000 a year with almost all of the savings derived from lower electrical bills associated with removing the tank and pumps.

The board went on to discuss additional services Psomas might provide. One is for construction management services once retrofitting the plant is under way. Hoffmann said he also asked Psomas to put together a proposal for what they would charge for design services during construction, which would be a separate cost.

On a 5-0 vote, the board approved paying Psomas to redesign the plant. No timeline for completion of the new plans has been established yet.

In other actions, the board approved a yearly weed spraying project and a resolution giving the general manager the authority to file a construction loan application with the state to pay for the ALT upgrade project.

The district has until Dec. 20 to submit the application. At present the district is only pursuing a loan from the state for the ALT plant upgrade. Hoffmann said a new Proposition 218 process may be required based on the loan from the state.

Hoffmann also introduced the district’s new office manager, Diana Sanders, who started work this week. A resident of Grass Valley, Sanders said she would be relocating to the Georgetown area in the future. Her initial salary is $59,280 a year.

The next regular meeting of the board will be on Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. at district headquarters.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or dhodson@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

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Discussion | 16 comments

  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    I'd be curious to know the volume of the, "disinfection basin in the basement ". Water demand throughout 24 hrs. varies drastically. The highest demand period is around 6:00AM in the summer. One of the primary functions of a water tank is to provide buffering against peak demand, line breaks and unexpected plant failure. Admittedly I know nothing of GDPUD's distribution system. But it is fundamental to maintain a prudent storage reserve. I hope that the basement is at least 300,000 gallons in volume. If GDPUD has realized an "outside the box" innovative victory then BRAVO!

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 11:36 pm

    FYI - If the water in the basement is approximately 11 feet deep and the basement is 60' X 60' then they'll have around 300,000 gallons of storage. If that is not the case then the "savings" comes at a loss of storage.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 31, 2013 - 11:49 pm

    SUGGESTION - Research the structural requirements of concrete underground water tanks - aka - a basement that does not crack or leak or accumulate sludge that must be removed periodically.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 9:54 am

    I expected to be blasted "out of the water" by now. What's wrong here?

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  • Little RickyNovember 03, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Your Boring... And stupid,

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  • James E.November 01, 2013 - 9:59 am

    Phil, hang in. They're reloading.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 01, 2013 - 10:03 am

    Thanks for the heads up, Colonel. I'll be heading for cover. There's a $10,000 slot tournament somewhere nearby.

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  • Little RickyNovember 04, 2013 - 1:36 pm

    Hey Phil, Did you know Gambling is an addiction... Just saying....

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  • Little RickyNovember 03, 2013 - 9:26 am

    Phil You Talking to yourself.. WTF. Sit Jimmy Woof...

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  • R. KeenanNovember 03, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    Besides being boring there's also a lot of ignorance in most of your comments. I prefer to listen to the audio as I understand Hoffmann explained the benefits of the changer and his experience in oversight of PUDs with same technology whilevhecwas at CA Dept of Public Health. Phil, what's your experience with same.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 03, 2013 - 6:29 pm

    ". . . there's also a lot of ignorance in most of your comments . . . ~~~ Have I made an error in my volume calculation, R. Keenan?

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 03, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    Sr. Distribution Operator, Ret. - EID

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  • Little RickyNovember 04, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Phill, Why do you have a bug up your ass for gdpud? You are not a customer. you live in Diamond Springs.

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  • Little RickyNovember 05, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Chirp Chirp,,,, Cricket Time.....

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  • Too Bad Coco wonNovember 06, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Sorry Phil, but little ricky is right. Why do you have a bug up your arse for GDPUD when you are knowledgeable about the issue and the players. I do my homework before I make comments and my best guess as to no quick responses to your most current jabs are - you're kind of like an annoying crying baby at the back of the plane. At first you pay attention and are annoyed, then after awhile you get used to it and ignore it. My opinion of your writings is that you must think they are interesting and relevant. For me, they've gotten easier to ignore.... blah, blah, blah. Sorry if that offends but it's the truth.

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  • Too Bad Coco wonNovember 06, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    Correction! For Phil - I meant NOT KNOWLEDGEABLE about GDPUD Issues and players.

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