Damaged storm sewer infrastructure to be repaired in Wetaskiwin

Storm sewer project awarded to Cobra Plumbing & Gasfitting Ltd.

Multiple storm sewer locations under City of Wetaskiwin jurisdiction will receive rehabilitation work from Cobra Plumbing &Gasfitting Ltd.

City council awarded the rehabilitation project — pertaining to the golf course culvert along Highway 2A as well as two pipes and a manhole along Highway 2A at the Horizons Centre — during its June 26 meeting.

The construction project for the three locations will move ahead with a budget of $614,000. Administration was also authorized to transfer the amount of $100,000 from the water reserve for this project.

Sue Howard, director of engineering and development, explained to council the project was put out as a request for quotation rather than a tender because there are three locations involved with multiple possible solutions. The city received three submissions.

“We felt Cobra presented the solutions for all three sites,” said Howard. She added Cobra Plumbing &Gasfitting Ltd. was the only three of the applicants to address all three sites in its submission.

There was the option of only working on two of the sites this year and the third next year to lower costs. However, there is a risk that there will be a pipe failure prior to the next budget approval, which would typically increase the project cost for the remaining item by about 30 per cent.

“That’s why we went ahead to ask for the full amount,” said Howard.