Cypress Water Treatment Plant Finishes Construction

Construction on the Cypress Water Treatment Plant is finally finished, and at a lower cost than expected. 

In 2009, an Archer City contractor was awarded the bid to construct a new 10 million gallon per day lime softening conventional treatment plant, and make several other site improvements. The project was supposed to total $42.6 million, but more changes were added on, including the rehab of one of four filters in the existing conventional treatment plant from more than 20 years ago. 

Today, councilors approved those changes which amounted to a $57,000 deduction in the contract amount.

Russel Schreiber, Director of Wichita Falls Public Works said, "When a project gets finished, the actual bid quantities never match up exactly with the actual quantities that were installed in the field.  That's all the change order did was balance those quantities up so the contractor, the city actually pays for the work that was installed." 

Despite the deductive amount of $57,000, Schreiber says the total cost of construction at Cypress Water Treatment Plant is $45.4 million.

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