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Qualicum Beach set to start $1.5-million watermain extension project

Contract is awarded to IWC Excavation
(PQB News photo)

The Town of Qualicum Beach has a plan to exend the Rupert Road watermain to the Qualicum Beach Airport.

The project was initiated by the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) in 2021 as a way of addressing the poor quality of the water supply to the Sandpiper subdivision.

An agreement was established to have the town supply potable water to the Sandpiper community. The deal also included a commitment from the town to link the Rupert Road watermain to the Qualicum Beach Airport connection in order to provide a second water connection to both Chartwell and Sandpiper subdivisions.

The RDN has committed $720,000 to the $1.5-million cost of the project, which will include installation of approximately 1.4km of 250mm PVC watermain, five new fire hydrants, and a new pressure reducing valve kiosk near Sparrow Road.

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A request for proposal was issued by the town last April and closed on May 2, with nine companies submitting tenders that ranged from $1.3 million to $1.9 million. The bottom three bids were within four per cent of each other but the lowest bid price of $1,293,676 excluding GST was submitted by IWC Excavation, which council approved during a special meeting that was held on May 15.

The work is expected to start sometime in May and is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.

The overall cost of the project is expected to be $1,424,676, which places the project $75,324 under the $1,500,000 budget that is included in the town’s 2024 financial plan.

Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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