Contract to replace, reroute water main near Great Falls PD on commission agenda

After rejecting a bid in February, the City Commission is set to approve a contract for replacing/rerouting the water main along the north side of the police department and the east side of Energy West and will also replace the police department’s water service.


City staff is recommending that commissioners approve a contract to United Materials for $131,350.

Four bids were received and opened for this project on March 21. The bids ranged from $131,350 to $158,741. United Materials submitted the low bid.

Due to error in base bid, staff recommends City Commission reject bids for rerouting water main by police department

The project is being completed in cooperation with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

This project will replace the water service to the PD, which is currently tapped to the water main in Park Drive. That main has been failing with increasing frequency and the breaks are causing extensive damage to property and disrupting water service to the PD. The water service breaks are primarily due to corrosive soils, age and type of pipe material used, according to Public Works.

The new water service will be tapped off the new water main, which will replace ductile iron water main installed in 1983. The new main will be installed in the roadway and moved out of Energy West’s parking lot area, according to the city.

The project will replace about 480 lineal feet of 8-inch ductile iron water main with 8-inch PVC water main; replace one fire hydrant; two water service connections; 170 lineal feet of 2-inch copper; 500 square yards of gravel; and 450 square yards of asphalt pavement, according to the staff report.