Bids for first phase of new water project coming soon

Emporia city officials say a new water tower for Industrial Park III should be built sometime next year after significant water line work this year. Photo by Chuck Samples/KVOE News. Emporia city officials say a new water tower for Industrial Park III should be built sometime next year after significant water line work this year. Photo by Chuck Samples/KVOE News.

The bid process will begin soon for a major infrastructure project affecting southeast Emporia. In fact, City Engineer Jim Ubert says new water lines will bid in May.


The water lines are the first phase of a $3.5 million project to build a new water tower for Industrial Park III. The project is partially funded by a $1.3 million federal grant announced Wednesday.

City leaders have said the project was largely done to benefit Simmons Pet Food, which is nearing the end of a major expansion project of its own. Plant manager Brian Potter says this should ensure a solid water supply after last year's major water main break near 18th and Prairie.


The city has contracted with BG Consultants to plan out the water line work, which would mean construction on East Kansas Avenue from Exchange to Penny Lane and also on Weaver from Logan Avenue to South. This will bid in May and may be completed in November. Ubert says this would involve a mix of new construction and what he calls "oversizing" current lines.

Near the end of that phase, work on the water tower will begin near Penny and Weaver and could last into 2019. Once completed, the tower will hold a million gallons.

The federal government is offsetting $1.3 million of the total cost of this project, which will also fund the development of three additional lots and could lead to another 100 jobs locally.

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