UV disinfection system to be complete by June

By on March 12, 2018
The City of Merritt hopes to finish installing a UV filtration system by June. (Herald files).


The City of Merritt has pegged June as its estimated completion date for a water treatment project that has sat incomplete for more than a year.

A new contractor has been selected to restart work on the installation of UV light reactors at the city’s existing water wells that supply the community with drinking water.

The ultraviolet light kills bacteria and viruses, adding another component to the city’s water treatment arsenal.

One hundred per cent of the project is being covered by a federal gas tax grant totalling about $2.28 million, which the city received an extension for when its former contractor left the project incomplete.

 The previous contractor was last on site Dec. 6 of 2016, and later informed the city it would not be able to complete the project after crews were absent from the work site, said Shawn Boven, the chief administrative officer for the City of Merritt.

“There was no notice,” Boven said, noting he’s not sure what sort of problems the contractor had run into.

“We paid for what they had done because there were costs incurred and there was work done,” Boven said, adding that the new contractor will be picking up where the old one left off.

According to a 2017 capital projects status update, the city has a budget of about $1.5 million for the project and has spent approximately $376,000 as of the end of 2017.

The old contractor completed the majority of underground work, which involved installing piping, Boven said, adding that the new contractor is on site currently and is expected to complete the project by June.

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