Lockwood Water and Sewer receives grant for new treatment plant

Originally published in the Yellowstone County News August 8/16/19 print edition. by Evelyn Pyburn

Lockwood Water and Sewer District (LWSD) has received a $212,000 grant from the Army Corp of Engineers to be applied to the building of a new water treatment improvement plant, according to LWSD Manager Mike Ariztia at the monthly meeting of the board last Wednesday. The grant is meant to cover the additional cost of a more in-depth environmental study being required by the Army Corp of Engineers.

During the meeting, the board approved a task order for Morrison Maierle Engineering firm for $491,000 to design a new water treatment improvement plant project to the point of issuing bids in 2020.

The board agreed to broaden the scope for the new plant to address the need to comply with state regulations regarding an elevated level of E. coli and Cryptosporidium that has been detected in the water. Jill Cook, of Morrison Maierle, said that an ultraviolet disinfection system, if added onto the 2020 project, would be the most advantageous route to deal with the problem in terms of convenience and cost.

The board also discussed what kind of features they want on the new water fill station that is being planned on Prairie Drive. Construction of a new water line along Johnson Lane to Prairie Drive and beyond will begin construction in August.

The primary concern is to have a system for payment at the fill station that will not involve cash, which encourages vandalism.

Also discussed were boundaries of a subdivision — Sanctuary Canyon Subdivision and Emerald Hills Acreage Tracts Subdivision 3rdand 5thfilings – that its builders, Superior Builders, has petitioned to … read full story by subscribing to the Yellowstone County News.  

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