Phase 1 – Transmission Main Improvements
The drinking water transmission main improvements project stems from recommendations made in the City’s comprehensive Water System Master Plan, completed in May 2010. Beginning in 2012, the City and its consultant, Woodard & Curran, began the work to evaluate alternatives, model, design, permit, and procure the project. The contract to complete the construction of the improvements was awarded to N. Granese & Sons. Granese was issued a Notice to Proceed on June 30, 2017, with an anticipated final completion date of February 15, 2018.
Local funding authorization totaling $3,088,000 was approved by the Mayor and City Council under a loan order in 2017 (Doc 15-I). This authorized the project to obtain financing and move forward to the construction phase.
Currently, a 36-inch transmission main serves as the sole feed from the Water Treatment Plant to the distribution system. This project will provide transmission redundancy from the WTP to the distribution system, by rehabilitate an existing 20-inch main and providing additional interconnections with the 36-inch transmission main. This will allow the City more flexibility and control over the distribution system in the Amesbury Road area. The project will also provide provisions for future transmission main improvements down Kenoza Avenue to downtown. The upgrades will help ensure that water consumers supplied by the City of Haverhill Water Department will continue to receive water with the highest possible water quality, even as the demand on Haverhill’s water system grows.
Construction to complete the improvements on the transmission main is financed by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The DWSRF program is administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, with joint funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
DWSRF programs operate around the country to provide states and communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our water resources. More information about the DWSRF can be found on the EPA Website or the MassDEP Website.