Contact awarded for West Bench upgrade

Cummings Construction will be paid $697,348 to construct booster station to pump water to West Bench

A contract has been awarded to build another key component of the West Bench water system upgrade.

The board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen agreed earlier this month to pay Cummings Construction $697,348 to build a booster station that will pump water from the Penticton municipal supply into the new West Bench system.

The station itself will be located near the first hairpin turn on West Bench Hill Road.

Penticton company Cummings Construction submitted the lowest of three bids for the project, which is expected to begin soon and be completed in the fall.

In April, the RDOS awarded a $1.6-million contract to Grizzly Excavating to install the water mains that the booster station will feed.

The $9.7-million system is expected to be up and running by the end of 2013.

Upgrades are being financed by grants from senior governments and borrowing.