Water Distribution System Improvements

STATE REVOLVING FUND

$18 MILLION

WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
MODELING STUDY
Estimated Cost = $100,000
Completion Date: 2017/2018

WATER METER
REPLACEMENT/INSTALLATION
Estimated Cost = $2.9 Million
Completion Date: 2018

NEIGHBORHOOD WATER
SERVICE REPLACEMENT
Estimated Cost = $3.3 Million
Completion Date: 2017/2018

DEMOLITION OF OLD FILTRATION PLANT
Estimated Cost: $900,000
Completion Date: 2018

ELEVATED TANKS DESIGN
Estimated Cost: $400,000
Completion Date: 2017/2018

STORAGE TANKS (2)
Estimated Cost = $8.4 Million
Completion Date: 2018

HYDRANTS, DISTRICT METERS,
BULK WATER FILLING STATIONS,
OTHER IMPROVEMENT
Estimated Cost = $2 Million
Completion Date: 2017/2018

Water Distribution Systems: Current Situation

The City does not have 24 hours of water storage capacity to be used in the event of an emergency.

The City’s existing water distribution infrastructure assets have deteriorated due to age.

Increased water loss and decreased operational reliability throughout the system.

There is currently not an effective method of locating and correcting sources of nonrevenue water in the distribution system, including water theft and water main leaks.

Many customer service lines throughout the City are comprised of lead and/or lead solder.

Several hydrants throughout the system are inoperable and do not meet the fire-fighting needs of the City.

Water Distribution Systems:
Future Improvement Projects

The City is making every effort to address the current needs and challenges of the City by improving water quality and insuring continuous water quantity to its residents. The projects include improvements in the distribution system, and an increase in water storage
The proposed projects scope includes:

  1. Construction of two new water storage tanks to provide additional emergency water storage capacity for the City.
  2. Installation of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system to improve flow measurement at customer service lines and to simplify the billing process.
  3. Implementation of District Metered Areas (DMAs) to improve flow measurement in the water mains.
  4. Maintenance of hydrants to replace inoperable components.
  5. Installation of hydrant locks to reduce water theft.
  6. Installation of a bulk water filling station to simplify the sale of water to contractors.
  7. Implementation of a lead line replacement program to improve water quality at customer service taps.
  8. Demolition of the Aldis Avenue water filtration plant.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATER
SERVICE LINE REPLACEMENT
Phase I Estimated Cost = $1.3 Million Completion Date: 2017/2018

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Pursuant to an Emergency Order issued, the City of East Chicago, Indiana awarded a contract to Hasse Construction on August 21, 2017 to perform emergency work relating to replacement of water service lines from the water mains to residences or commercial properties at 400 locations specified by the City.

SCOPE OF WORK
This work shall of providing all materials, labor, tools, equipment, and services required to install new water service lines originating at the water main and terminating inside the residences or commercial buildings. The intent of this work is that the Contractor minimize open excavations by beginning work inside the buildings and boring water service lines from the inside of the buildings to the water mains unless otherwise directed by the Engineer. Open excavations for curb stops, meter pits and roadway excavation shall be limited to only that required to complete the new water service line connections. If access inside the residences or commercial buildings is not available, then no new water service lines will be provided. Access Agreements will be acquired by the City prior to any work being done on private property. All work will be coordinated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)in regard to possible soil contamination in the working area and the Contractor shall follow and all regulations or requirements as specified by the EPA. Work hours shall be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm unless otherwise directed by the Engineer.

GENERAL AREAS OF WORK
The general area of the work will be in the area bordered by SR 312 or E. Chicago Ave. to the north, Parrish Ave. to the east, E. 151st St. and E. 149th Pl.to the south and Aster Ave. and Private Street to the west. – Superfund Zones 2 and 3.

COMPLTED PROPERTIES AS OF NOVEMBER 2017:
101 out of 400 properties have been completed as of December 11, 2017.

COMPLETION OF WORK
The work shall be completed by May 31, 2018

NEIGHBORHOOD WATER SERVICE LINE REPLACEMENT
Phase II Estimated Cost = $2 Million Completion Date: 2018

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WATER METER REPLACEMENT/INSTALLATION
Estimated Cost = $2.9 Million Completion Date: 2018

Water Meter Replacement

Radio frequency (RF) meters will be installed to replace existing outdated and obsolete meters, approximately 6,936 meters. The new meters will provide more accurate and reliable water measurement for billing.

An Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system will be installed to automatically collect and transmit data from new RF meters to the Water Department. This will streamline meter data collection and allow leaks in customer service lines to be detected more quickly than currently possible. Hourly meter data will be available, via an online portal, to the Water Department staff and customers.

The outsourcing of water meter installation will shorten the installation period from 2 years to 6 months.

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Winna G. Guzman
Director
wguzman@eastchicago.com

400 E. Chicago Avenue
East Chicago, IN 46312
Phone: 219-391-8469
Fax: 219-391-8499

In case of an emergency, please call 219-391-8487, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Duties

Water Department: Provide drinking water to the citizens of East Chicago and other cities by operating, maintaining and ensuring safe drinking water of the highest quality to all (residential, industrial, and businesses). Provide water to the fire department, installation of water meters, maintenance of city's water tank, and protect public water system from contamination due to backflow.