Council awards water treatment plant contract

The District of Houston is signing a $2,507,000 contract for the water treatment plant.

The District of Houston is signing a $2,507,000 contract for the water treatment plant.

Canadian Western Mechanical Ltd. (CanWest) was the lowest of 13 companies that bid for the project. The highest bid was $4,077,000 from Converge Construction Ltd.

The tender was awarded to CanWest at the council meeting last Tuesday.

“There were some very competitive bids,” said William Wallace, Houston Director of Finance. “We’re well within the budget. At this juncture, things are looking very good.”

In their tender, CanWest said the project would take 216 days, and John Guenther, Houston Director of Engineering, says they will have a pre-construction meeting soon to determine the dates of the project.

Construction of the plant will be supervised by McElhanney Consulting Services, who was hired by the District as a third party reviewer.

McElhanney recommended the CanWest contract.

“CanWest has done similar work in the past and appears to have the capability of performing the work,” reported Jim Sosiak, McElhanney Municipal Project Engineer.

CanWest did a water treatment plant upgrade in Port Clements, and has worked on water systems in Clearwater, Barkerville and Honna River, Queen Charlotte’s, said John Guenther, Houston Director of Engineering.

“I’m pleased with the company that got the contract,” said Mayor Bill Holmberg. “They have a good track record.”