Washington’s water well No. 11 will soon be repaired.
The council unanimously awarded a contract to Flynn Drilling Co. to repair pumping equipment for the well. The Troy-based company was the lowest bidder by a wide margin.
The city received four bids for the project and Flynn’s bid of $5,300 was $7,690 lower than the second-lowest bid.
The other three bids were from Brotcke Well and Pump, $19,498; Layne Western, $22,228; and Midwest Hydro Drilling, $12,990.
Kevin Quaethem, water and wastewater superintendent, told the council he didn’t know why the bid was so cheap, but the city was comfortable Flynn would do quality work. He said the city worked with Flynn on the installation of the wells and had no issues.
The bid covers the removal of the damaged parts, the inspection of the parts that need to be replaced, installation of the new equipment, pump testing and chlorination and dechlorination.
Quaethem said there are additional costs associated with the project, but those won’t be known until the project is complete. He said Flynn was low on the original line item projections as well.