WATERTOWN The Watertown City Council awarded contracts Monday night for a nearly $1 million project to upgrade its municipal water distribution system.
The $974,000 project aims to increase the citys water distribution capacity by installing 3,000 linear feet of a new 16-inch water main.
The project should improve the peak flow deliveries from city reservoirs, reduce discharge pressures on the municipal water treatment plants water pumps and improve water-transmission reliability and redundancy.
In addition to the parallel main, the plan calls for a 10-foot-wide asphalt walking/maintenance trail along the pipe corridor and replacement of the valve vault for the citys Eastern Reservoir.
Council members agreed to take out a five-year loan to pay GHD Consulting Engineers LLC, Cazenovia, $58,400 for the designs and hire North Country Contractors LLC, Calcium, for the $875,000 construction work.
The remaining $66,600 of the total project cost covers bonding fees and contingency funds. The projected debt service for the 2013-14 fiscal year is $99,667.
The Council also awarded a $194,000 contract to Bette & Cring Inc., Watertown, to repair the Arch Street arch near the Veterans Memorial Riverwalk Park, which is falling into disrepair.