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GENERATOR ADDITION AT UNIT WELL 26
Madison Water Utility will hold one or two public meetings to keep citizens informed, to answer questions and to receive input and feedback on the project. Notice of the meeting(s) will be mailed to neighboring residents and will be announced on updates to this webpage. No meetings are currently scheduled. Please see the bottom of this page for information on previously held meetings.
The project went out to bid on Friday October 11th with bids due on Friday November 8th. On November 8th, the bids will be opened and the process of awarding the contract to the qualified contractor with the lowest bid begins. The project plans are available at the link in the “Past Meetings/Additional Information” section below.
In early June of 2013, MWU chose to revise the scope of the generator addition project at Unit Well 26. The original scope of the project included a 500 s.f. building addition to house the back-up generator, the installation of the generator and general facility and site upgrades. Due to steeply rising construction costs, the project estimate came in significantly over the project budget. In order to bring the cost back in line with the budget, MWU has decided to forego the building addition and house the generator outdoors inside a pre-fabricated, silencing enclosure. The generator will be fenced and the area screened with landscaping. Construction that was slated to begin in the summer of 2013 will be delayed until the spring of 2014. Painting of the ground-level reservoir that was scheduled for 2013 is unaffected.
Unit Well 26 was constructed in 1988 and provides service to Madison’s Far West neighborhoods that are generally located west of Gammon Road and south of Mineral Point Road. During winter months, when seasonal wells are shutdown, Well 26 also supplies water to most neighborhoods west of Rosa Road.
The facility consists of a deep well with a capacity of 2,200 gallons per minute, a 4 million gallon ground-level reservoir, and a 250,000 gallon elevated tank. Groundwater is pumped from the deep well directly into the ground-level reservoir to serve Pressure Zone 8. Two booster pumps transfer water from the ground-level reservoir to the elevated tank which feeds the higher-pressure Zone 10. Over the last five years, average water supply pumped from Well 26 has exceeded 730 million gallons per year.
The primary project objective is to increase west side water supply reliability with an emergency back-up generator. Back-up power for Well 26 has been identified as a high priority project. In the event of a power outage at Well 26, water supply and fire protection on the west side would be adversely affected. A back-up generator would allow MWU to continue to supply water normally for the extent of any power interruption.
MWU is also planning facility upgrades as part of the project. These improvements will allow the Utility to replace aging electrical equipment, supply water at a steadier pressure and operate more energy efficiently. The scope of the proposed construction project includes the following:
On September 4, 2012 the City of Madison Common Council authorized the City/Madison Water Utility to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Baxter Woodman, Inc. for the preparation of drawings and specifications, permitting, bidding, and construction administration for the MWU’s upgrade of Unit Well 26.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is the project’s anticipated schedule?
How often will the generator be run once it is installed; will it be noisy?
How will the project affect traffic on High Point Road?
PAST MEETINGS/ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: