Wastewater pump replacement project finishes

A project to reconstruct a wastewater plant in Redmond has been finished and final payments awarded following Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Payment of $1 million to Bellingham’s Razz Construction, Inc. was finalized at the meeting after the company rehabilitated a station 10 in the city’s wastewater plant system.

Michael Haley was the city’s project manager, and said the plant was around four decades old.

“Redmond strives to maintain its infrastructure, and that’s what it’s doing,” he said.

The old plant was privately built, and didn’t meet current standards for similar facilities. Haley hopes the remodeled plant, which serves the Avondale Green neighborhood, will remain operational for the next 50 years.

All the mechanical parts were replaced and the station was rehabilitated.

“Basically, it’s a brand new station,” Haley said.

This included replacing pumps, controls, electrical panels and piping.

The project was started in 2012 and during construction a temporary pump station was built to continue service to residents.

The project total was around $1.85 million and came in around $160,000 under budget.

The city owns more than 50 pump stations both in and outside of city limits.

Around six additional stations will need to be replaced in coming years too, Haley said.

In the next six months, two more pump stations will go out to bid for renovations.

More information on city projects can be found at www.redmond.gov/PlansProjects.

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