Indian Head Water Storage Tank Replacement
INDIAN HEAD WATER STORAGE TANK REPLACEMENT OVERVIEW
The water tank located off Indian Head Heights is a key asset in Framingham's water distribution system. The 3.5 million gallon tank provides storage for over half of the average daily water demand in the Town's distribution system.
Initially installed in 1939, the tank is aged and needs to be replaced. Due to its current condition, age and the critical nature of this tank, it is not reasonable to take it out of service for extensive repairs.
To continue providing high water quality and fire protection, two smaller tanks will replace the existing tank for a combined total of 3.5 million gallons. The smaller, narrower profile of the two tanks not only sit better on the site they will allow redundancy in the system when repairs are needed. The project site design has considered access, security, stormwater management and landscape screening improvements.
Final design is complete and construction bids have been advertised. Construction is anticipated to begin in April,2017.
The Town contracted with a consulting engineer to complete detailed construction plans for the replacement of the water storage tanks at Indian Head Heights. A preliminary design report and recommendation were completed in the fall of 2015. Preliminary design considerations included land survey, geotechnical investigations and water system modeling.
The final design was initiated in January 2016. A neighborhood meeting was held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 to present preliminary designs, listen to and address resident concerns and to answer questions. Geotechnical investigations, borings and installation of groundwater monitoring wells took place in April and May, 2016.
The Town held hearings with the both the zoning and planning boards during the summer and fall of 2016.
January, 2017 brought the completion of the design and the Town advertised the project for bidding. The scheduled bid took place at the DPW office on February 16, 2017.
A Neighborhood Meeting was held on Monday, March 6, 2017 in the Blumer Room of the Memorial Building. During the Neighborhood Meeting, the Town presented the final design and the anticipated construction schedule. Residents had the opportunity to ask questions and review the construction boards with the Town staff and project designers team.
The contract was awarded on March 6, 2017; the kick-off and pre-construction meetings were both held on April 13, 2017. Pre-construction survey notifications will be delivered to the residents near to the construction area anytime in the last week of April 2017 and construction is expected to commence in mid May 2017.