RIO VISTA — Rio Vista City Council members on Tuesday authorized a $41,260 agreement to conduct a comprehensive water system audit.
The agreement with MC Engineering also includes up to an additional $35,000 for necessary water meter testing and replacement as part of the audit. The decision comes after about a year’s worth of work from the city’s water and wastewater committee.
Councilman Dave Hampton said it’s been a long road already to get to this point of figuring out what needs to be done as the city works to replace and add water meters. The hope is the audit will give the city a clear picture of what’s next.
Hampton called the audit, “A very important part of progress and it will help us get it done in the long run.”
The proposal from MC Engineering was the only bid the city got in response to its Dec. 18 request for proposals.
City staff has already met with representatives of MC Engineering, partially to ensure that the audit includes a field analysis of service lines and to request an estimate of costs associated with the water meter testing.
Funding for the audit and the water meter testing and replacement program is to come from the city’s water capital improvement fund, according to the resolution approved by the council.
Vice Mayor Constance Boulware agreed that the audit was the way to go to keep the city from going down the wrong path.
“We shouldn’t go out on a limb, and the audit will help,” she said. “It is economically sound. We will have the information to go out and seek bids and requests for proposals correctly.”
The resolution passed unanimously.
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