2nd phase of pipeline project has slight delay

This map shows the route of the water pipeline from Kaw Lake to Enid.

The second phase of the Kaw Lake water pipeline project is slightly behind schedule, Enid City Commission learned Tuesday.

Currently, the program is 5 percent behind schedule, which translates to about three weeks, said Michael Graves, of Garver Engineering, the program manager.

Graves said the reasons for the delay are due to identifying the location for the intermediate booster pump station and acquiring access to that property to perform the pedestrian survey, environmental work and geotechnical survey. Some weather has affected the geotechnical work. Access had to be granted to the private properties and the federal property to do the land and marine borings for the intake. 

A recovery plan has been developed with city staff, he said.

"When something like that happens, then as a program team, we have to develop a way to recover that. There's some things that are non-recoverable, but, in this case, I think we can recover this," Graves said.

Two teams are working parallel on the program — one is developing a manual for design consultants that will be hired to finish the design and the other is performing the preliminary design of all the infrastructure pieces, he said.

There are key deliverables — design reports, 30 percent drawings and an updated cost opinion — that need to be on time, Graves said. So, the team has moved the resources developing the manual for design consultants and reallocated them to preliminary design, the cost opinion update and the 30 percent drawings.

"There's no impact to your cost associated with that. You're still going to get the key deliverables that are critical to you on time with no change in cost," he said.

The 5 percent schedule slip has the potential, if it continues, to truly impact schedule, city of Enid Engineering Director Chris Gdanski said.

"So what we're doing is we're telling you, 'We see this problem,'" Gdanski said. "We've been through this enough to know that if we don't start now, we don't communicate now, it's going to be a surprise to people and most people don't like surprises."

Ward 3 Commissioner Ben Ezzell said he's less concerned about the three weeks.

"If it takes an additional month to get the number, that's fine. What I care about is how much confidence there will be in the (updated cost opinion) number," he said.

Gdanski said it should be significantly more precise than the last time an opinion was provided.

The city has not found any other municipalities that are currently interested in utilizing any of the pipeline infrastructure, Gdanski said.

"We have had some who have kind of hinted at wanting a piece of the intake, but they have not stepped up," he said. "Up until we get done with this phase, it's still kind of vapor to them.

"I hate to speak poorly, but from their perspective, why would they go out on a limb until they know that we've got a real program?"

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