By Ralph Zeltman
The City’s scope of work for the proposed project to rehabilitate the existing Wastewater Pump Station (WWPS) B-10 located on Imperial Point Drive, just east of NE 21 st Lane, will focus on all of the internal components of the existing pump station, including the mechanical, electrical, and ventilation equipment at an estimated cost between $900K to $1.1 Million. More specifically, this will include all motors, pumps, pipes, valves, fittings, lighting, electrical wiring and panels, transformers, fans, blowers, ducting, grates, ladders, and hatches. The concrete slab and above ground structures will remain in place, but the City will perform concrete repairs and landscaping improvements to improve aesthetics around the station. There are no provisions to include odor controls and/or noise abatement nhancements for the project. The City and their consultant Calvin Giordano & Associates expect to finalize the design plans; specifications and bidding documents to be released for bids in late September, 2016. The contract is expected to be awarded in December, 2016, with construction tentatively scheduled to start in March, 2017, and be completed by December, 2017. During construction, there will be temporary traffic restrictions at the Imperial Point Drive and NE 21st Lane intersection to regulate traffic.
The Imperial Point Association, Inc. has strong reservations about the City spending good money in rehabilitating the over 50-year- old antiquated above ground pump station instead of converting it into a more efficient submersible pump station at about the same estimated cost of $1 Million. The submersible pump station would drastically reduce the horrible hydrogen sulfide (H2S) smell; the noisy vertical turbine pumps and exhaust fans, not to mention the unsightliness of the above ground structures. The submersible pump station would also offer the City greater operational advantages to facilitate repairs or replace pumps in a much timelier manner with greater flexibility to adjust for varying wastewater flows. The Association expressed concerns to Public Works last September, 2015 on the importance to consider converting this old station into a more efficient submersible pump station as the County and other municipalities have done over the years and are continuing to make these conversions to save costs sand eliminate much of the undesirable problems negatively impacting residential
communities. Public Works was emphatic that the project would not be changed because the engineers have completed their design plans and bidding documents to rehabilitate the WWPS B-10. A meeting with Commissioner Bruce Roberts; City Manager Feldman and Public Works staff is scheduled on October 10, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall to discuss the “pros” and “cons” between these two types of stations. Residents will be encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss the objectionable odors, noise and unsightliness negatively impacting the residents’ quality of life, especially those living and commuting in close proximity to the WWPS B-10.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact the City’s Customer Service at (954) 828-8000. Special thanks to Alan Dodd, Assistant Public Works Director, Engineering Division, for providing the scope of work; anticipated bidding and construction dates and construction cost estimates for the proposed WWPS B-10 Rehabilitation Project.