5 companies compete to design and build Glen Carbon’s first water plant

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GLEN CARBON – In response to a RFP, five different companies will speak to village officials who will be selected as the company to design and build the village’s first water treatment plant, which is expected to be operational by June 1. 2026, regardless of the company that builds it.

While some may cite last week’s boil-out order and water treatment issues as the reason, the village’s desire for its own water source is much older than that. Village officials are quick to point out that the current multi-year agreement with Illinois-American Water (IAW) is only a short-term solution.

Glen Carbon Mayor Bob Marcus spelled out the village’s three options last week – stay with IAW indefinitely, partner with the Village of Maryville for its water treatment plant expansion, and share operating costs or build Glen Carbon’s own. Returning to Edwardsville Water, which the village used for 25 years until July, is not an option. Construction could start in the first quarter of 2023.

The first to be interviewed were officials from Juneau and Associates, which partnered with the village on many engineering and infrastructure projects; and Thouvenot, Wade and Moerchen, Inc., (TWM), which is also a well-known regional engineering company.
On Wednesday, Crawford, Murphy and Tilly (CMT), another well-regarded company, WHKS and Burns and McDonnell took turns.

The five companies were interviewed by Glen Carbon Village administrator Jamie Bowden, Director of Public Works Scott Slemer and Superintendent of Utilities John Leezy, as well as Board Trustees Mark Foley and Mike Sonderegger. Trustee Victor Smith was absent.

Juneau pointed out his background of working on similar projects – in Maryville, Bethalto and Canteen Township.


“We are familiar with the Glen Carbon village water system and the improvements dating back to a 1962 project to drill a test well at the existing well site on Highway 162,” read a statement on a document. provided.

TWM also touted their past experience and cited Lebanon, Belleville, Springfield and Freeburg as examples of their work for municipalities.

“While three of TWM’s employees live in Glen Carbon and will see the direct results of this project, we have 25 more who live in Madison County and frequently shop, dine and have fun in the village. We visit small businesses in the community and understand the impacts that the costs associated with this project could have on businesses and their customers.

“Our proposed project manager, Raed Armouti, is very experienced in managing similar projects for clients in the Midwest,” boasts CMT in its literature. “Raed has managed the design of several treatment plants and has also managed the construction of several complex treatment plants as well as dozens of pumping stations, several storage tanks and wells, and tens of kilometers of pipeline projects. water. “

CMT lists its recent work in Lincoln and Quincy, as well as work in progress in Sangamon County and upcoming work in Collinsville and Quincy as some of the reasons the company is qualified to do the work.
WHKS of Springfield offers its experience for the new Collinsville water treatment plant as one of the reasons the village chooses it over the others.

“It doesn’t stop with construction. Let’s talk about the closure of the project, ”says the literature. “WHKS staff will perform project closure tasks, including preparing registration drawings for village use, and assist the village in completing IEPA loan closure documents. Project Manager Scott Hunt is available to be on-site during plant start-up and will advise village staff on any potential adjustments and changes to treatment processes.

Burns and McDonnell of St. Louis have identified earlier projects in Frankfort and Freeburg. The others were in Missouri and Kansas.

“The village should be in the driver’s seat when it comes to controlling your water supply and the future of your water supply system. The village needs a detailed and comprehensive assessment based on data and facts about their new water supply. The village needs a partner who can fully assess the options and a guide to help them through the process. Burns & McDonnell is that partner. We are water treatment professionals and will provide an experienced mindset with a fresh perspective to ensure your project is tailored to the specific needs, goals and expectations of the village.

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