Project quick facts and answers for frequently asked questions about the project.
Are there ways to do a little “downsizing” and maybe spend a little less money on the replacement plant?
The Water Treatment Plant Replacement design was found to be the most fiscally responsible option.
A number of studies, including evaluations of potential new technology, were conducted prior to selecting the final design. The replacement plant will increase efficiencies and reduce treatment costs. It is also designed to accommodate a variety of changing conditions, including increased regulatory requirements, future industrial and community growth, and observed changes in weather patterns.
Will there be any new jobs for people in Grants Pass?
It’s expected that during construction activities 75-100 good paying local jobs will be created.
Contractors have been encouraged to use local subcontractors and “buy local” practices whenever possible The City of Grants Pass has made use of local workforce and local purchasing an important part of their evaluation of the firms that will be working on the project. The City staff overseeing the effort intend to provide regular reports on progress in this area throughout the construction. A number of local businesses and employers have already been contacted by some of the larger engineering and construction firms regarding potential subcontracting and partnership opportunities.
How do public works projects benefit the local economy?
In Grants Pass there will be an immediate benefit of paychecks for the local work force. In addition, these types of projects have a multiplier effect.
A multiplier is created when local workers and construction firms buy goods and services from local professionals and retailers. That in turn leads to those entities eventually spending their checks or profits on a new vehicle, at a local restaurant, or at the hardware store. The spending of each dollar multiples its impact in improving the City’s economy. At the national level, recent studies indicate that full funding of needed water infrastructure would create nearly 800,000 new jobs by 2039. Of these new jobs, 61 percent would be in construction and professional services stimulated by the boost in infrastructure spending
The replacement plant is expected to meet today’s needs but what about the future?
The replacement plant is sized to meet needs into 2035 but is designed with room to grow with the community.
The Water Treatment Plant Replacement will treat up to 22.5 million gallons of water a day, more than adequate for near term demands. However, the plant design includes room to grow. This will allow for expansions to be done over time (as needed) and will accommodate increased to treatment capacity or up to 45 million gallons per day, literally double. This forward thinking will continue the generational investment in City infrastructure and help secure the future of the next generation.
Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just fix the old plant and keep it a little longer?
Investment in the Water Treatment Plant Replacement is the most fiscally responsible option.
A series of studies considered a variety of options and considering all costs, found the replacement approach to be the soundest solution. In addition to the catastrophic impacts to the community should the old plant fail, the cost of important retrofits and the continuous costs of repairs have disproportionally increased while the benefits of those improvements and repairs continue to diminish.