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Water Board awards reservoir demolition contract to Patano Excavating, Inc.


September 17, 2013
The roof of the Country Club Reservoir is failing.

Although Valley Center Municipal Water District staff have previously recommended short-term repairs, they are now proposing to install a new cover and splitting the 10 million-gallon (MG) reservoir into 2 separate 5 MG reservoirs.

Splitting the reservoir would benefit the Accretive Lilac Hills Ranch project by providing the necessary reservoir redundancy. The total cost for the project is estimated at $4.25 million, but the current proposal is for Accretive to fund $1.812 million and for the Water District to fund $2.438 million.

At their meeting on Sept. 16, the VCMWD board approved amending their budget to allocate the necessary $2.438 million, and awarded the demolition contact to Pantano Excavating, Inc. for $87,768.

The engineer's estimate for the project was $225,000, so Patano Excavating's bid is considerably lower than the original estimate.

Patano was able to offer this low rate because of the added value from the steel salvage they hope to recover from the sight, according to Wally Grabbe, district engineer.

"We checked out their references and they were good references," said Gary Arant, general manager.

The reservoir will be out of service from November through July 2014 for the demolition of the old roof and the split-reservoir construction to take place.

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