City of Bedford and Water Authority Move Forward with Two ARPA-Funded Projects | Govt. and politics


The Bedford Regional Water Authority will begin moving forward with two public water and sewer repair, replacement and construction projects in conjunction with the City of Bedford following an agreement between the City and the BRWA to pay for these projects using money from the American Rescue Plan Act.

From August to November, as localities waited to receive their respective allocations of ARPA money, Bedford town council members and staff met with BRWA staff to discuss potential joint improving water and sewer infrastructure eligible for funding with federal relief money. . Combining ARPA money, officials believed, would help maximize the benefits.

Following discussions, the parties agreed on a plan for the city to help fund the construction of a water main along part of Belltown Road and complete the repair and replacement of the pipe sewer in the Town and Country Subdivision, where approximately 175 homes are served by the BRWA. . Both of these projects were officially approved by the City Council at its June 14 meeting.

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Repairing and replacing the Town and Country sewer line has an estimated total cost of $2.5 million. It is estimated that the construction of the Belltown Road water main will cost just over $355,000.

The projects are expected to be completed, or mostly completed, by December, according to city documents.

The city’s funding allocation, intended to help stimulate local economies during the COVID-19 pandemic and largely based on a locality’s population, was $6.8 million and was disbursed in two deposits of $3.4 million.

The Belltown Road watermain project was identified about 15 years ago, before the town was reverted from a town and before the authority was formed in 2013, city manager Bart Warner said in a previous interview with The News & Advance.

The Belltown Road water main problem stems from the city’s former landfill near Draper Road and Belltown Road, Warner said. Although the city closed the landfill in accordance with all applicable regulations and standards, some of the leachate began to flow to nearby homes, all of which receive well water.

Because of this issue, the city has been required to provide regular in-depth monitoring and testing reports to the Department of Environmental Quality, at an annual cost of approximately $50,000 beginning in 2021.

In 2017, Warner said the city had entered into discussions with the authority about adding a capital improvement project to install a water main to serve affected residents.

Since the Belltown Road project had been officially rated as an infrastructure need and therefore “existing”, Warner and Key said the project should be eligible under ARPA’s expenditure parameters, which include requirements that eligible projects must already exist in a locality, and eligible projects. must be completed by the plan’s spending deadline in a few years.

Town and Country’s sewer line repair and replacement aims to modernize and strengthen the lines serving homes in the area, improving health and safety.

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