This page will provide routine updates on the construction of this exciting project. MECO has worked diligently since 2008 on the development of a regional approach to providing a reliable and quality water supply source to the Howard County region.
The formation of the HCRWC in April 2008 paved the way for the planning and development of this important project for the members of the Commission. The new system, comprised of four major components: alluvial well field, water treatment plant, water tower, and distribution mains, will serve more than 7,000 people when complete. As the HCRWC’s Engineer, MECO played an integral part of the planning process preparing studies and reports, assisted the Commission with land acquisition, completed design, plans, specifications and construction documents. Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued the construction permit and financing of the project was finalized.
USDA-Rural Development (RD) extended approval to the Commission to solicit bids for the $12.3 million project (construction) during a ceremony held in New Franklin on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Financing was a cooperative effort between USDA-RD and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. RDs funding commitment included $7,442,000 in low interest loans and $6,455,000 in grant funds to the HCRWC, and CDBG awarded $500,000 to each of the three members (Fayette, New Franklin, Howard County CPWSD #1).
Bids were opened July 8, 2015, with contract awards totaling $12,549,386. Total project costs, including the 4 construction contracts, planning/engineering, legal, land acquisition, and other related costs are estimated at $15,570,000.
As construction gets underway on this exciting project, we will post progress updates and photos. This first aerial view identifies the site of the new water treatment plant prior to construction groundbreaking.
Stay tuned for future updates and photos that will keep you up to date with construction progress. Thanks for joining us on this exciting journey!