A pipeline to carry recycled water from the treatment plant will cost the city of Hermiston less than expected.

At the Hermiston City Council meeting Monday, council members unanimously approved a recommendation to award a bid for an outfall pipeline to R&G Excavating for $1,075,167.

The city received seven bids for the project, and R&G Excavating provided the lowest bid, which was 46 percent less than engineer estimates, according to information provided to the city by Kennedy/Jenks Consultants.

The project is contingent on approval by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Recycled Water Plant Superintendent William Schmittle said in a memo. He said the project was necessary to comply with DEQ regulations for river protection and to provide a long-term solution for disposal of the treatment plant effluent.

Schmittle said the city has invested heavily in planning and permitting for the project for many years, and the pipeline will carry recycled water from the new plant to two discharge locations: the Umatilla River at Three Mile Dam and the West Extension Irrigation District canal.

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