The City of Tekoa has received recognition from the Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council for Outstanding Achievement in Infrastructure. The award, in the Drinking Water category, was presented for the Tekoa Water System Rehabilitation Project which Century West Engineering designed and is currently providing contract administration for during construction.
Century West was hired to prepare a Small Water System Management Program that identified several deficiencies in the City of Tekoa’s very old and patched together water system. The Program recommended upgrades to the system that would reduce water loss and improve flows and pressures. The recommended improvements were estimated to cost $5.7 million. With assistance from Century West, the City began evaluating funding options and applying to agencies for grant and loan packages to complete the needed improvements.
In all, the City used a funding strategy that combined 4 funding sources to complete the project. The City contributed nearly $125,000, CDBG contributed $993,000, USDA-RD contributed $4.1 million, and TIB contributed $508,000 to complete these much needed improvements to the City water system and streets. The project replaced more than 30,000 lf of aging water main within the City and significantly improved the performance and operation of the City’s water system. The City’s failing reservoir has been rehabilitated and the City’s main drinking supply production well has been replaced with a new screened well and pump. To cost effectively leverage funding opportunities, Century West assisted the City in applying to the Transportation Improvement Board to provide grant funds to reconstruct Henkle Street concurrent with the water system improvements. As a result of the application, the City received a grant from TIB to reconstruct Henkle Street as part of the project, improving one of the City’s main arterials that was in need of repair and stormwater management.