The City of Hermiston awarded Knerr Construction of Hermiston with a contract for just more than $500,000 for the construction of the Joseph Pump Station.

The contract bid includes bonuses if the project is finished ahead of schedule.

Knerr Construction was the only bidder for the project, which is scheduled to be finished by early August.

The water pressure boost station is designed to be a prefabricated structure that will ensure adequate water pressure for the residential neighborhood around W. Joseph Avenue and S.W. 11th Street when the new Armand Larive Middle School opens in the fall.

The new pump station will boost residential water pressure to 65 pounds per square inch. State law requires at least 20 psi for residential water during high-flow usage.

City officials said the new station is designed in anticipation of residential growth.

According to John Eckhardt, project manager for Knerr Construction, it could take several months for the prefabricated portion of the project to be ready to go. There will be some construction in order to prep for the new structure, but that won’t begin for several weeks at the earliest.

“We’ll probably start our site activities in the next couple of months,” Eckhardt said.

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