Warren County agreed to pay a Chicago-based construction services company more than $4.5 million to oversee $62 million in water system improvements designed to bring softened water to customers around the county and in Montgomery County.
AECOM Technical Services will oversee projects at plants in Franklin and Hamilton Twp. expected to add capacity and a water tower and bring softened water to customers, some of whom are already pay a 1.5 percent rate hike and $5 more in fees on bi-monthly water and sewer bills to offset the cost of the project.
RELATED: Warren County to spend $62 million on water system
In addition, the added capacity positions the county to profit from water sales in Montgomery County and to Western Water, another provider in Warren County.
The county’s water and sewer department serves the villages of Corwin, Harveysburg, and Maineville, as well as portions of Clear Creek, Deerfield, Franklin, Hamilton, Turtle Creek, Union, and Wayne townships.
RELATED: Warren County weighs water bill hikes
On Tuesday, with Commissioner Tom Grossmann absent, commissioners Dave Young and Shannon Jones gave the go-ahead to sign the contract with AECOM.
AECOM, through an office in Columbus, is to manage subcontractors and complete the preliminary design by January 2020. The project should be onperational by October 2021, Assistant County Engineer Chris Wojnich said on Tuesday.