Bradford Water Project Honored

Bradford, Vt. — The town’s recent water project has received a 2014 Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont. The statewide competition honors exemplary projects that, among other criteria, successfully fulfill the owner’s goals, schedule and budget.

The water system improvements included creating new well pumping facilities, upgrading the booster pump station on Fairground Road, and doubling the town’s reservoir fire storage capacity. In addition, more than 15,000 feet of old, undersized water main was replaced, resulting in “dramatic improvement in hydrant flows for fire protection,” the town said in a recent news release. The project resulted in a 60 percent reduction in water system leakage, saving thousands of dollars a year in power costs.

The $4.3 million project was designed and managed by Otter Creek Engineering, Inc., which has offices in East Middlebury and Rutland. The project, constructed by Munson Earth-Moving Corporation of Williston, Vt., was completed in 2013. It received state financing at the interest rate of negative 3 percent for 30 years, equal to a 40 percent grant. In addition, because of the significant reduction in water leakage, the town qualified for $400,000 in loan forgiveness.

“The project transformed Bradford’s old and increasingly inadequate municipal water system into a fully compliant, reliable, efficient system with greatly improved fire protection and ample capacity for the future,” the town said in the release. “Combined with the recent sewer system improvements, Bradford has made necessary infrastructure improvements for a strong future.”

Bradford will be recognized at ACEC’s awards dinner in Burlington in May. — Staff report