Brunswick County extends schedule to submit construction bids for the Northwest Water Treatment Plant project
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County has updated its schedule for receipt of construction bids for the expansion and upgrade project at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.
The County is extending its deadline to submit a statement of qualifications for the project to Jan. 7, 2020, and the bid date is rescheduled for March 5, 2020; the County’s original bid date was Dec. 12, 2019.
The County adjusted the schedule after the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) extended its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit review process for the project. The additional time will also enable contractors to refine pricing of their bids and provide additional opportunities for subcontractor participation. The County will continue to work closely with DEQ and provide information and details as needed to ensure a smooth review process.
DEQ issued a draft NPDES permit for the project Nov. 5, 2019. An NPDES permit is necessary to receive construction financing approval from the Local Government Commission.
As one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, providing access to safe, reliable and affordable water is a top priority for the leadership of Brunswick County. For the past 30 years, the County has led the financing and construction of the treatment systems and infrastructure needed to support the unprecedented growth in the county, including its current efforts to expand capacity at both the Northwest Water Treatment Plant and the Northeast Brunswick Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The County is also proactively installing an advanced low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant as part of the plant’s upgrades. Low-pressure reverse osmosis is considered one of the most advanced and effective methods to treat and remove both regulated and unregulated materials from drinking water, including GenX, 1,4-dioxane and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Construction on the Northwest Water Treatment Plant expansion is expected to begin in May 2020. Construction of the conventional treatment capacity expansion is anticipated to be completed prior to the summer of 2022. Construction of the low-pressure reverse osmosis system will follow a parallel path and, depending on the construction alternative selected, could become operational by the spring of 2022.
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