It is an improvement a half century in the making.
The City of Thief River Falls last night awarded nearly 3 and a half million in construction contracts to upgrade city water systems, ultimately moving unsightly and troublesome Residual Lime Sludge Treatment Ponds outside the city limits.
The project will relocate ponds from Nora Street to property recently purchased in Rocksbury Township. Bids let last night will also cover Water Treatment Plant Filters and SC/ADA controls along with tuck point on the 1954 Building with two bays to be added to the Distribution Building.
Work will be accomplished over the next two construction seasons with the cost of the project financed by bond sales to be repaid through Water System rates.
Bids approved last night came in well under initial estimates with entire project – including; the land purchase, engineering, wet-land mitigation and equipment replacement – estimated at 5 and a half million dollars …