LAKE STATION | Work on the first phase of the city's water improvement project is flowing along on schedule, Don Grimstad said.
Grimstad is the resident project representative for American Structurepoint, the company hired in 2008 by the city to head the project.
"We're hitting the schedule. We've had good weather and good subcontractors and neighbors who have worked with us," Grimstad said.
Phase one improvements include the new water supply wells, a new groundwater treatment plant and water main improvements, Mayor Keith Soderquist said.
Construction on the first phase is being handled by Thieneman Construction Inc. The Board of Works last year awarded a $7.7 million contract to Thieneman, the lowest of four bids.
Crews on Thursday were busily working on completing the new treatment plant in the 2800 block of Union Street.
The water treatment plant will include connected warehouses and an office.
"You're now seeing things come out of the ground. We've making the same progress that we did earlier, but it's just more visible," Grimstad said.
Some residents who are Lake Station city water customers should be receiving water from the new system as early as next spring, Soderquist said.
Other customers will be phased in by next summer, Soderquist said.
Lack of water quality has made the improvements a priority to address, Soderquist said at the groundbreaking ceremony held for the project in late March.
The second phase of the project includes storage tank improvements and additional water main improvements.
That phase is scheduled to start Monday, Grimstad said.
To pay for the improvements, water rates in Lake Station will go up to $21.42 per month the first year and $23.71 the following year, Soderquist said.