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LITTLE BLUE VALLEY WATER SYSTEM (LBVWS)
WATER SOURCING PROJECT
The project was originally forecast to be approximately $7 million as a whole between the City of Fairbury and the LBNRD for the new source. However, this was based on a targeted area just north of Fairbury which reached slightly into the Lower Big Blue’s territory. Unfortunately, the landowners in the area were not interested in participating in the project and Lower Big Blue communicated the project would not be permitted to transfer water out of their territory. A new targeted area was identified within the Little Blue NRD’s territory approximately 3 miles to the west which increased the amount of pipe needed to bring the water to the City of Fairbury’s water tower. In addition to more pipe, the price of the project has risen due to supply chain issues and the bidding environment. Based on these changes, it is estimated the cost will now run approximately $9.4 -- $10.3 million. Both estimated costs include a 10% contingency ($1 million).
The total estimated cost of the project is split between the City of Fairbury (71.43%) and Little Blue NRD (28.57%) based upon the amount of water each entity will be using (1,000 gpm for the City of Fairbury and 400 gpm for Little Blue NRD).
Therefore, the total estimated cost for the City of Fairbury is expected to be between $6.7 million -- $7.4 million, depending on the bidding environment and cost of pipe.
The total cost for Little Blue NRD is anticipated to be approximately $2.7 million -- $3 million, again, depending upon the bidding environment and cost of pipe.
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