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the dirt on water Momentum Achieved on By William Hogan, Contract Engineer, Metropolitan District Commission Within the first four years after the successful passage of an $800 million referendum in November 2006, we have achieved full momentum on the Metropolitan District Commission’s Clean Water Project. As with any public works project, the construction activity within the initial phase of a multi-phased project proceeds at a somewhat slower pace, as the contracting authority focuses on finalizing plans, developing contract plans and specifications and awarding a few construction contracts. This was evidenced with the commitment of $12 million in 2007, followed by $70 million in 2008 and $45 million in 2009. However, during those first three years, the MDC has developed sufficient projects into the construction stage such that $178 million was committed in 2010, with 2011 projected to finish with another $187 million committed in new construction or design contracts. The look ahead for the next five years is just as promising. MDC Clean Water Project consent orders from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the MDC is required to complete the Clean Water Project by 2021. Originally conceived in an engineering report finalized in 2005, the Clean Water Project at its core consists of five components of work to address capacity needs at the treatment plant as well as within the sewer collection system. Four of the five components are: 1. expansion of the Hartford Water Pollution Control Facility to accept more wet weather flows; 2. increasing the capacity of the sanitary sewer collection system to convey flow to the HWPCF by way of two tunnels and consolidation conduits; 3. separating sanitary from storm sewers in areas of Hartford subject to long-term basement backups and street flooding; and finally, 4. the removal of extraneous clean water entering the sewer system from catch basins, leaking sewers, sump pumps and roof leaders. While most of the actual construction will occur within the city of Hartford, the reduction of extraneous clean water will occur mostly in the other member towns of the MDC, including Wethersfield, Newington and West Hartford. “The strategy of constant review and updated planning being employed by the MDC on the Clean Water Project will assure that the project fully addresses the federal and state consent order requirements, stays on schedule and evolves in the most cost efficient manner possible consistent with the original budgeted appropriations,” The Clean Water Project is the program within the MDC addressing water quality and public health problems caused by combined sewer overflows and sanitary sewer overflows, in large part the result of insufficient capacity in the sewer collection system and treatment plant. As provided by a consent decree with federal EPA and CONNstruction / Winter 2011 / 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2011

Is Water Affordable?
Water Infrastructure Projects Will Help Return the Construction Industry to Prosperity
FASB Backs Off, Requiring More Rigorous Withdrawal Liability Disclosures
The Potential of Public-Private Partnerships in Water and Wastewater Projects
Working Together
Pour It On
The Name Says It All
Momentum Achieved on MDC Clean Water Project
2011 AGC of CT Industry Recognition Awards & Dinner
CCPC Annual Picnic
YCF September Meeting
The Diggers Mixers Fixers Annual Golf Outing
CEUCA Fall Luncheon

CONNstruction - Winter 2011