By Trevor Busch
The Town of Taber is replacing two vertical turbine pumps at Chin Reservoir and the Taber Water Treatment Plant for a total cost of roughly $175,000.
The first pump will replace an existing raw water vertical turbine pump in the Chin Reservoir Pumphouse.
The existing pump (RW P-102) is one of two identical 75 HP variable speed pumps. In 2012, new VFDs and motors (75 HP/575 VAC/3ph/60 Hz) were added to the existing pumps that were originally installed in 1984.
The town needed to replace RW P-102 (reusing the existing 75 HP motor and VFD) as it is currently not being used due to vibration issues.
The second pump will replace an existing potable water vertical turbine pump in the Taber Water Treatment Plant.
The existing pump (PWP-402) is a 60 HP constant speed distribution pump. The town is looking to replace PWP-402 with a larger 75 HP vertical turbine pump (including a motor and supply of a VFD).
Following discussion at their Oct. 15 meeting, council voted unanimously to award the VFD High Lift Pump Replacement to Integrity Pump Service for $94,530 (exclusive of GST).
The town received two additional bids for the contract, from Hagen Electric Ltd. ($85,985) and Sego Industries ($117,433.97).
After review of all bids by MPE Engineering and administration, the bid from Integrity Pump Service Inc. most closely matched the town’s preferences and specifications.
“The big thing for us was the timeframe,” said public works director Gary Scherer. “Hagen was anywhere from 10 to 18 weeks, and Integrity was from three to four weeks.”
Total approved capital budget in 2019 for this project was $200,000.
Total cost of the project is estimated at $175,000.
“Because the town is the general contractor on this project, use of additional funds to finish the project is needed,” stated administration in their background to the decision. “The total cost of the project is estimated at $175,000 which includes additional electrical work, programing and commissioning, engineering and disbursements and mechanical piping.”