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EDH sewer lift station to get facelift

By November 25, 2011

A sewer lift station in El Dorado Hills will get a nearly $1 million facelift and none too soon.

“Extremely, extremely bad” is how Wastewater/Recycled Water Division Manager Vicki Caulfield described the Timberline lift station.

“This is an emergency. We’re not waiting,” said Director George Wheeldon.

“We have to replace these things before they fail. I don’t think we should ever second-guess (the staff),” said Director Harry Norris.

“A lawsuit could cost the district $500,000. Let me say that sanitary sewer overflows are against the law. If we have a catastrophic failure on this station the regional board can issue a cease and desist order. We have replaced back yards,” Caulfield said.

The wining bid awarded at the Nov. 14 meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District went to Clyde G. Steagal Inc. for $979,598. The next closest bid was Auburn Constructors at $982,300. The highest bid of eight bidders was $1,537,500. the engineer’s estimate was $1 million.

Ten firms out of 15 deemed qualified by the EID Engineering Department showed up for a mandatory pre-bid job walk.

The project includes replacing all electrical, computerized telemetry and all mechanical equipment, The emergency generator and fuel tanks will be replaced, odor control will be installed. The leaking wet well will be rehabilitated and a new manhole installed. The fence and gate will be replaced and the existing building will be repainted.

All this has to be done under the supervision of EID engineers and inspectors in order to make sure the sewer lift station continues to pump sewage during the reconstruction.

Additional project expenses beyond the contractor’s bid include $150,000 of EID inspection that will be charged against the capital improvement budget, $25,000 for consultants to do inspecting and testing, $15,000 for PG&E to move its electrical service and $98,000 for contingency.

Total project funding approved 5-0 by the EID board is $1,267,598.

Timberline Lift Station is on Timberline Ridge Drive, which connects El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Silva Valley Parkway near Green Valley Road. It was built in 1989 to serve local residential flows. In the past it has overflowed into an adjacent neighbor’s backyard and New York Creek. The lift station is now surrounded by sand bags.

EID has 64 sewer lift stations.

Two other El Dorado Hills lift stations are in the Capital Improvement Program for 20125-2016. The estimate for Business Park 1 and Summit 1 lift stations is $3.9 million. The Business Park sewer lift station is 29 years old.

“You think the Business Park (lift station) is going to last another year?” Wheeldon asked rhetorically.

Michael Raffety


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