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CWSA taking another look at solar plan

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Engineering consultant working on new design for Eberhart Road project

The Eberhart Road pump station is on Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s upgrade list, according to CWSA General Manager David Harleman.

Harleman presented a detailed maintenance repair agenda for the distribution plant for 2020 during the meeting Feb. 20. This annual list sets priorities for the budget and manpower allocations.

Contract documents for the Eberhart Road project have been sent and are expected to be approved at the March meeting.

The CWSA board is looking to resurrect the solar project for the Eberhart Road location. CWSA paid for the materials about a year ago in an effort to get the project installed quickly. Soil conditions dictated a custom footing plan that pushed the project past a reasonable expectation of return.

A new engineering design using helical piers is expected to bring the system back into a somewhat more reasonable range. Helical piers, which thread deep into the ground, are used specifically to support structures where soil conditions are challenging.

CWSA is reluctant to release the equipment it purchased back to the contractor. As part of the solar project, CWSA directed the contractor to deliver the solar panels and their assemblies. The equipment is being checked and verified.

Engineer Brian Lee is detailing a custom connector to go from the standard support to a support connecter for the helical connectors.

Lee, of T&M Associates, Bethlehem, was appointed by the board as CWSA’s engineering consultant.

The Jordon Creek metering station is scheduled as the next equipment change-out.