Bell Engineering is proud to announce that the $25 million Somerset Water Treatment Plant Upgrade and Expansion Project has officially been advertised for bid. The project includes an upgrade of the water treatment plant facility on the existing site. The expansion will increase the capacity from 10 million gallons per day (mgd) to 16 mgd with the ability to upgrade to 20 mgd in the future. It will also move the plant from a conventional filtration system to a membrane filtration system.
The project is funded in part by a $20 million Rural Development grant and loan package and is currently the largest American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project in the United States. The bid opening will take place August 23, 2011 and construction is scheduled to begin October 2011.
The City of Owingsville, KY held a groundbreaking ceremony August 2, 2011 to mark the beginning of the KY 111 and US 60 Sanitary Sewer Extensions project which will bring sanitary sewer service to 104 households that currently rely on failing septic systems to handle raw sewage.
The project is being funded by a $1,040,000 grant from KIA and a $666,000 RD loan and grant package. Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Mayor Gary Hunt, City of Owingsville; Councilmembers Mary Ellen Johnson and Nancy Purvis, City of Owingsville; Tom Fern, Rural Development State Director; Vernon Brown, Rural Utilities Service Program Director; Elwood Howell, Rural Utilities Service Area Specialist; John Covington, KIA Executive Director; Heather O’Banion, Administrator – Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home and several representatives from the Gateway ADD.
Bell Engineering Senior Vice President Ronald C. McMaine, P.E., was honored with two awards at the 2011 KY/TN Water Professionals Conference which took place July 24-27 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center located in Covington, Kentucky. Mr. McMaine, who has over 35 years of experience, was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Kenneth J. Miller Founder’s Award by the Water For People organization. Recognized state-wide for his expertise in water management and water distribution systems, Mr. McMaine is heavily involved with both the Kentucky chapter of AWWA and Water For People.
Bell Engineering was also recognized by Water For People for making a $1,000 donation to their organization. President Kelly Gillespie accepted a plaque on Bell’s behalf in acknowledgement of the firm’s contribution.