Lawrenceville to construct 2 new water treatment facilities

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville moved closer to becoming less dependent on Lake Lanier water by awarding contracts Monday for construction of water treatment facilities on Winer Industrial Way and Ezzard Road.

Fairburn-based Reynolds Inc. was selected to construct a water treatment facility and new water department office on Winer Industrial Way at a cost of $4,978,755. Reynolds was the low bidder. The project also includes a 1.5 million gallon water storage tank.

The Winer Industrial Way facility will treat water from an on-site well and eventually water from seven wells, providing an estimated 1.3 million gallons of water a day. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in about 10 months.

The city's total winter use is about 2 million gallons a day and increases to 2.2 million to 2.4 million gallons daily in the summer, according to Mayor Rex Millsaps.

The design for the Winer Industrial Way facility incorporates the city's new aesthetic building standards requiring the water department office to have a brick facade on the front and a certain percentage of brick on the sides. The water treatment facility and storage tank will be located behind the water department office.

Low bidder Sol Construction of Atlanta was chosen to build the water treatment facility on Ezzard Road at a cost of $124,235. The facility will house equipment that will be used to remove uranium from an on-site well.

The uranium will be removed at the wellhead by Water Remediation Technology under a separate contract approved by the council last year. Water from the Ezzard Road well will then be piped to the city's plant at Rhodes Jordan Park for normal treatment.

The vote on the Winer Industrial Way facility was unanimous. Councilman P.K. Martin voted against the Ezzard Road facility.

The Winer Industrial Way and Ezzard Road projects are part of a city program to activate wells and reduce Lawrenceville's dependence on water from Lake Lanier that it purchases from Gwinnett County. The city-produced well water is also cheaper.

"Our goal is to become self-sufficient," Millsaps said. The city pays Gwinnett County $3.81 per 1,000 gallons of water, he said. Millsaps estimated the city can produce well water for about $1 per 1,000 gallons.

When all 15 of the wells that the city plans to activate get on line, Millsaps said, the city will be able to produce about 2 million gallons of water a day.

In other action, the council voted to proceed with hiring Analytica, a Florida-based economic development firm, to provide services to the city for a fee of $54,600 a year. The decision was reached by a 3-2 split vote with Millsaps breaking the tie. Council Members Katie Hart Smith and Mike Crow voted in favor of Analytica. Council Members P.K. Martin and Marie Beiser cast opposing votes. The city's legal firm was instructed to draw up a contract for review at the June council meeting.