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5/23/2019 - Greensburg Water Board Meeting
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The Greensburg Water Board met Tuesday evening. Darren Burkhart from HNTB presented the board with an amendment to the engineering contract with a total cost of $2,026,000 for the new water treatment plant project. The previous contract expired after the conclusion of the bidding process. Mr. Burkhart noted that the contract has two substantial completion dates and one final completion date. The substantial completion date for the water treatment plant is 700 days with 910 at completion of demolition of the current building and construction of maintenance buildings. There are 940 days listed in the contract as final completion. HNTB will conduct multiple site visits throughout the course of construction.
The contract includes a monthly payment requirement and a maximum of 8 change orders. The projected construction period is from June 2019-December 2021 based on awarding the contract in June and the city issuing the notice to proceed. The dates could move slightly based on the closing date of the loan from the State Revolving Fund. The board approved the contract.
Manager-Controller Donna Lecher informed the board that the current credit card vendor will no longer be compatible with the city's system effective June 27th. She presented the board with two options. The board selected Next Bill Pay contingent on whether there is a month-by-month contract. Next Bill Pay has a significantly lower cost than the other option. It will have a website, host, and the city will have user access. The program can be set up in less than 30 days. Customers will also be able to pay 24 hours per day by telephone.
Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Rick Denney briefed the board on a public notice that was published. He noted that the problem has been corrected. The notice states:
Important information about your drinking water
Levels of Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) above drinking water standards for Greensburg Water Works
Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.
We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. The results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets EPA's health standards. The results that we received for Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) for the 1/1/2019 to 3/31/2019 monitoring period shows that our system currently exceeds the standard(s), or Maximum Contaminant Level(s) (MCL). The MCL for Total Trihalomethanes is 80 ug/L and the MCL for Haloacetic Acids is 60 ug/L. As of 3/31/19, our locational running average for Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) is 63.3 ug/L.
What should I do?
You do not need to use an alternative (e.g., bottled) water supply. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
What does this mean?
Some people who drink trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Some people who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
What Happened? What is being done? The problem is corrected.
For more information, contact Greensburg Water Works.
Mr. Denney stated that there was one high test reading in October 2018 and the annual running average will be out of compliance until the quarter of October 2018 drops off of the report. The main issues that created the high rating included the increased temperature of the water during the summer, organics, and the contact time of the water with chlorine.
The board will hold its next meeting on June 18th at 6:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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