Hooper Water Treatment Plant in Georgia to begin phase II of upgrades

The Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) Board of Directors has awarded a construction contract to signal the beginning of Phase II upgrades at the W.J. Hooper Water Production Plant, pending the closing in late April of the Series 2003 Bond Issue, approved recently by the CCWA and Clayton County Board of Commissioners.


Adams Robinson Enterprises selected for construction low bid

Morrow, GA, May 8, 2003 -- The Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) Board of Directors has awarded a construction contract to signal the beginning of Phase II upgrades at the W.J. Hooper Water Production Plant, pending the closing in late April of the Series 2003 Bond Issue, approved recently by the CCWA and Clayton County Board of Commissioners.

The CCWA will work with Adams Robinson Enterprises, a general contractor based out of Dayton, Ohio, who specializes in water facility rehabilitation, which is exactly what Phase II work at the Hooper Plant will entail.

The $20 million dollar project, to be funded entirely from the proceeds of the Series 2003 Bond Issue, will include complete rehab and upgrades of existing worn and obsolete equipment at the facility, says Wade Brannan, general manager of the CCWA.

The improvements at Hooper are necessary for the Authority to comply with current and future drinking water standards for water production facilities in the state. In addition, the upgrades will provide the infrastructure for the plant to efficiently expand from its current capacity of 20 million gallons per day (MGD), to 25 MGD in the future.

CCWA staff and consulting engineers from CH2M Hill reviewed the information submitted by Adams Robinson Enterprises recently, and recommended them at the March CCWA board meeting as the low bidder on the project, which is one of the largest undertakings of the Authority's Water Resources Initiative -the 10-year master plan of capital improvements adopted in the spring of 2000.

The specifics of the project include construction of a new raw water intake and pump station, new high rate flocculation/sedimentation basins, a new chemical feed and storage facility, a new high service pump station, and modifications to electrical, instrumentation, and control systems.

Construction sequencing will be critical to the successful completion of this particular master plan project, says Mike Buffington, CCWA program manager for Phase n of the Hooper project. The construction will coincide with the busiest time of the year for the Authority, in terms of drinking water demand from CCWA customers.

"We have a schedule that should keep the plant at or near capacity during construction, even as we face our expected peak months for customer consumption this summer," he says.


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