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PAWSD to solicit bids for $12 million in construction projects

Two construction projects totaling more than $12 million will be put out for bid in August by the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD).

PAWSD is making every effort possible to keep the funding for these projects in the community and to employ as many local residents and businesses as possible during the course of the work, in order to help stimulate the local economy.

Bidding for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funded Highlands Wastewater Treatment Facility Elimination project opened Tuesday. PAWSD held an informational meeting for contractors on July 29 in order to prepare them for the contractual requirements of this project, by providing an overview of key federal and state mandates and conditions of the federal stimulus funding. Much of this information and required forms may be found on the District Web site at

In addition, bidders should contact Briliam Engineering at 731-9338 to request a copy of plans and specifications for the Highlands project. A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at the PAWSD office on Aug. 12 at 9 a.m., and bids will be opened at the PAWSD office on Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. Groundbreaking for the project will take place at the Highlands facility at 10 a.m. Sept.30.

Tentatively scheduled for the third week in August, PAWSD will solicit bids for the Hatcher Water Treatment Plant upgrade and expansion project. This project, funded by a low-interest loan from the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, will provide upgraded technology for the Hatcher facility in order to meet more stringent state and federal drinking water requirements, as well as to provide for future capacity expansion of the plant.

Further information on both projects may be found at