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Upgraded water and wastewater infrastructure will soon be placed in the Mills Street area after the Gatesville City Council approved a $469,571 bid for the project from Leetech Solutions.

The Alvarado-based company's bid was substantially less than three other bids submitted. Other bids were from: B-Corp Utilities for $559,605.90; TTG Utilities for $645,908; and $677,530 from Royal Vista of Liberty Hill.

A Council memorandum noted that the water and wastewater infrastructure in that area is estimated to be between 70 and 100 years old, and that the condition of the water and sewer lines "require a replacement strategy as opposed to constant repairs."

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City Manager Bill Parry. Photo courtesy of City of Gatesville website

City Manager Bill Parry said the city delayed the work for a while because of problems with the supply chain resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and also in reaction to the rising cost of PVC pipe.

"Leetech is currently doing a project for the city of Waco, and this is a good solid bid," Parry said. "It was actually under what our city engineer estimated and $90,000 less than the next lowest bid."

The bid was reviewed by Walker Partners engineering and surveying firm of Waco, a consultant for Gatesville, which recommended the city accept the proposal.

The work done on the area is part of the city's capital improvement plan and will include the installation of about 1,180 linear feet of 6-inch PVC water line; 1,740 linear feet of 6-inch sewer line, five new manholes, five new fire hydrants and service connections. The work is expected to begin in early 2022.