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Water projects are on tap

City will address deteriorating water mains


Some of West Linn’s aging water system will get a facelift.

During its Feb. 11 meeting, the city council approved a contract to replace deteriorating water mains in several areas across the city.

According to the staff report, “Some areas of the existing city water system are severely deteriorated. Water quality and safety issues are forcing the city to spend considerable resources on its maintenance and repairs.”

The water main replacements are expected to improve water quality, capacity and reliability and to save maintenance costs.

The project areas include Cherokee Court’s failing galvanized steel line, Shady Hollow Way’s failing asbestos line and Rosemont Road’s cast iron line, which is contributing to water quality problems. Another project is on Eighth Avenue, which will be funded by system development charges.

“This is a larger project in our recent history,” Public Works Director Lance Calvert said.

The budget had room for $865,000 for capital projects, which includes $351,000 in system development charges funds.

According to Calvert, the city received 11 bids for the contract and it was awarded to Washington-based 3 Kings Environmental Inc. for $845,135. The bids ranged from $845,135 to $1.18 million.

“I think that’s excellent that we are actually doing repairs,” Councilor Jody Carson said. “It’s good to see at least some projects moving forward.”



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