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Repairs on tap for Bloomington water system

By Melissa Crowe
June 25, 2012 at 1:25 a.m.


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Bloomington will start accepting bids next week for improvements to its notorious sewage treatment system.

The project calls for replacing about 3,400 linear feet of 60- and 70-year-old clay sewer lines with new PVC lines, said JoAnna P. Weaver, the senior project engineer with G&W Engineers in Port Lavaca.

The improvements will help with water pressure and pumping capacity, she said.

Victoria County Commissioners approved an authorization to accept bids Monday. Bidding opens July 16.

The project is funded through a $263,000 grant from the Community Development Block Grant Program through the Texas Department of Agriculture, she said.

The grant's goal is to strengthen and enhance the quality of life in smaller and rural communities, she said. Victoria County will match $26,300, which will be paid by the Victoria County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1.

"They're working really hard to improve their water system," Weaver said. "It's a lot better than it was a year ago ... We've made significant improvements."

The grant is administered by the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission.

The work includes the replacement or rehabilitation of manholes, replacement of clean-outs and transfer of services, Weaver said.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Kenny Spann said the project is a great asset for the community.

"We can always use help down there," he said.

The Victoria County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 will review the bids and make a recommendation by July 17, and a contract will be awarded during the July 23 commissioners court meeting, according to the engineer's project status report.

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