Water delivery improved in Carson City

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 9:42 am on Friday, October 28, 2011

CARSON CITY — An extensive water and road improvement project in Carson City that began in April ended in mid-September a little larger than originally planned.
Crews added a second water line leading from the city’s well field north of town to a bulk of the distribution system providing redundancy and increased reliability in case one of the lines breaks.
“The overall deliverability of the water in Carson City has been greatly improved,” City Administrator Mark Borden said.
Borden said there was nothing wrong with the quality of water before the project began, but now that an additional water line has been added, the flow of the city’s water is more constant between two wells just outside the city and the city’s water tower.
“We always passed any requirements that the Department of Environmental Quality required of us with flying colors,” Borden said. “Water engineers will tell you this new system will improve the quality of the water. It’s now always moving and flowing.”
Borden said he’s already talked with residents who’ve noticed improvements in the city’s water.
“I’ve had some residents say they’ve noticed an improvement with pressure and taste,” he said.
Midway through the project, crews discovered sanitary and storm sewer lines that needed to be replaced. New storm sewer lines were installed along South First Street between Elm and Walnut streets and along Carson Street. A section of new sanitary sewer was installed on Elm Street.
The project also included additional fire hydrants on Mount Hope Road and replaced several four- and six-inch water mains across town with larger mains to boost water pressure for residents and fire hydrants.
The $2.1 million project was officially approved for $1.7 million worth of financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Utilities Program.
City officials initially expected to save about $400,000 on the project after the low bidder offered to complete the project for $1.7 million, below the engineer’s estimate of $2.1 million.
However, Borden said the additional sewer and storm drain work totaled $400,000 and brought the cost back up to its original budget.
Because the water line improvements included tearing up 21 blocks worth of streets, the city didn’t qualify for grants for the entire project. City street funds were used to pay the balance of the project not covered in the $1.7 million loaned from the USDA.
“The loan was strictly for the water, not road rehabilitation,” Borden said.

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