Miamisburg customers won’t have soft water until 2018

Detailed engineering design work is expected to start next month on the city’s water treatment plant softening project and is not set to be done until January 2016, according to Steve Morrison, Miamisburg’s project manager.

Construction is not scheduled to be completed on the project, city documents show, until March 2018, about the time Miamisburg’s 8,000 customers can expect soft water service, Morrison said.

“Two years is conservative,” he said of the time frame on the construction. “But with weather and doing a project like this, two years is a good estimate.”

Construction costs are estimated at about $11 million, making it the most expensive single part of the master plan’s water project, which is expected to cost $30 million.

The $69 million utility upgrade, some of which is mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, is being funded by five-year increases in rates for Miamisburg water and sewer customers.

The timetable for soft water service in the city surfaced last week as Miamisburg City Council signed off on a package of water and sewer plan projects, including $1.19 million in work for the soft water plan. Councilwoman Sarah Clark and Mayor Dick Church Jr. seemed particularly focused on the issue.

“I want to re-emphasize — no software prior to 2018 on this project,” Church said. “That question, I get asked everywhere I go.”

The work approved by council will allow the city’s consultant, ARCADIS US Inc., to move forward on a number of fronts, Morrison said. Aside from the engineering work, the project’s scope will include siting a water production well, providing construction drawings, specifications and bid documents, coordinating permitting requirements, and evaluating and recommending bids.

Morrison said the work will also evaluate proposals for automated meter reading and a well for a pond at Pipestone Golf Club.

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