PSJ will save $100k on pipes

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:02 AM.

Commissioners also approved Tuesday going out for bid for materials for that replacement work.

In addition, work will begin this summer on the first phase of replacement in the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe, which is being funded by a $650,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The city has already held a first public hearing in the process to apply for another CDBG to finish the North Port St. Joe section next year.

In total, pipe replacement will be taking place throughout the city proper on three fronts over the next year; a contractor to be selected by bid, Public Works and the contractor working under the CDBG, Anderson said.

“This will be a major undertaking,” Anderson said. “There will be a lot of construction. This will be a year-long major project. There will be major inconvenience.”

But, Anderson said, once the second phase is completed roughly 95 percent of the residential areas of Port St. Joe will be completed as part of the city’s effort to replace some 20 miles of aging pipe that is seen as a possible culprit to chronic problems with discolored water.

On another front, sampling has been completed on a water study being performed by CDM Smith, the contractor that designed the city’s three-year-old water plant.

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