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Water tower bid awarded

Stutsman Rural Water District Board of Directors awarded the contract for a 600,000 gallon water tower in southwest Jamestown Wednesday.

The $1.8 million contract was awarded to Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, S.D. Construction is anticipated to start this spring.

The tower will be constructed adjacent to Titan Machinery and carry the logos of Titan Machinery and Stutsman Rural Water District.

The board of directors opted for a 600,000 gallon capacity tower rather than the base specifications of 500,000 gallons based on anticipated growth in the area, said Geneva Kaiser, manager of Stutsman Rural Water District. The bids were near engineer estimates.

The additional capacity added $207,000 to the project cost. Stutsman Rural Water District territory includes the area outside Jamestown city limits between the Buffalo Mall and Jamestown Regional Medical Center. Kaiser said growth is anticipated in this area.

The board also awarded a bid for water tanks at Great River Energy and at the Stutsman Rural Water treatment plant to Dakota Pump and Control of Fargo for $1.3 million. A second contract for a pipeline between the treatment plant and the Spiritwood area was awarded to Kamphuis Pipeline of Grand Rapids, Mich., for $2.6 million. Both projects are part of a system expansion to provide industrial water to users in Spiritwood Township.

“We’re pretty happy with the bids,” Kaiser said. “The combination of those bids was about $1 million under engineers’ estimates.”

The board also opened bids for an expansion to the system’s treatment plant near Spiritwood. The upgrade will increase the plant’s capacity from 400 gallons per minute to 2,000 gallons per minute.

The apparent low bidder for that project was John T. Jones of Fargo at $5.5 million or approximately $300,000 greater than engineers’ estimates.

“Our tight time frame probably cost us,” Kaiser said. “Most water treatment plant upgrades are done over two years and we are requiring this to be done in a year.”

The bids for the treatment plant upgrade will be reviewed by engineers before the bid is awarded.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at