Pasco City Council approves budget increase for West Pasco Water Treatment improvements

West Pasco Water Treatment Plant
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PASCO, Wash. — Pasco City Council has awarded a multi-million-dollar water treatment improvement project to local construction company Apollo Inc.  

The project will double the current distribution capacity of the West Pasco Water Treatment Plant. This is the second phase of an overall expansion project. Apollo Inc is the contractor working on Phase One of the project. 

In the 2021-2022 adopted budget, the city allocated $8.3 million for the project. Council has approved an increase to the budget because of market conditions and a funding award from the American Rescue Plan Act. The ARPA funds will be used to minimize utility rate increases for customers.  

The engineer’s estimate for the project is $13.6 million.  

Apollo Inc.’s bid of nearly $10.35 million was the lowest of three bids received by the city.  

The work will consist of the installation of a booster pump station, upgrades to the intake pump station on the Columbia River, some electrical backup upgrades and changes to the site to accommodate the expansion.  

According to city administration, there is a sense of urgency to complete the project because the city’s main water treatment facility, the Butterfield Water Treatment Plant, is also due for an extensive improvement project.