Water Distribution Project
This page is where you'll find updates on our Water Distribution Project.
If you have any questions you can call us at (785) 665-7328 or contact us through the web here: Contact Us | City of Overbrook Kansas (overbrookks.com).
12-29-22: As we begin 2023, we will be starting the year with a new water system for the entire city. 2022 brought many challenges for you and the City and we appreciate your understanding during the construction phase of the project. The warranty period will begin for project after we complete the USDA Rural development project requirements. Many of you have contacted the City with concerns about the project. We have logged these concerns and the contractor has addressed some of them and will be addressing the remaining concerns. We expect grass seeding and lawn repair to begin in the spring. If you have concerns and have not contacted the City please let me know as soon possible to help us ensure we get them addressed. – Mayor Jon Brady
12-01-22: Work remains to be done at the rural Booster Pump station, the clorination building, and at some of the wells. Street repairs have begun around town so please be cautious. There will be many workers and vehicles around town and we want to keep everyone safe. Thank you! Landscape work will follow.
With the new radio read meters in place, you might see a change in your bill. The new meters are extremely accurate, and there may be some variance in the amount of water consumed compared to the old meter. With the new software we are able to view if water is running at irregular times, and we can help you identify if you have a leak.
10-27-22: The project is getting closer to completion! We are negotiating the extension of the substantial completion date with Carstensen’s from September 26, 2022, to December 14, 2022, with a final completion date of January 31, 2023. What this means is that if the project is substantially done on or before December 14, 2022, the one-year project warranty period will begin at the date. If project work is not deemed by the engineer to be substantially done at that point, we will have options including a further extension, charging liquidated damages and/or withholding payment to ensure that the project work is completed. As of 10/24/2022, 34 meters remain on the old system. They should be switched over shortly. Removal of the old meter pits will be done soon as well. The West Tower will be brought online within the next week or so (as soon as the inside paint cures). If you have items in your yard that would need special attention before final completion, please call city hall so we can get your address on the list. You may also notify us through our contact page.
9-29-22: The water pressure might be low in some areas due to switching of lines from the old lines to the new. You can see Carstensen's preliminary schedule of when they will be removing old water pits and reseeding lawns in the Documents below. They have asked for an extension and the city council is reviewing the requirements. Central Tank will have the west water tower completed in about 4 weeks.
9-19-22: Carstensen will be working on hooking meters up on the West side of town as well as North of 56 and continued cleanup. Thank you all for your patience as the work continues.
8-1-22: Work continues on the water project; the goal is 90% completion rate by the end of September. Thank you all for your patience and if you do have any questions or issues with the project, please call City Hall! Carstensen will be working on connecting and testing meters on maple, doing work north of 56, alley work behind the Post Office and Library, and continued cleanup.
6-10-22: Work continues on the water project, we've had an abundance of rainfall. We are also experiencing some challenge with suppy line issues. Thank you all for your patience and if you have any questions or issues with the project, please call City Hall 785-665-7328 or contact us through the website.
5-4-22: Ever wonder what the colors of the construction flags in your yard mean? According to the America Public Works Association, White is for proposed excavation. Pink is for temporary survey markings. Red is for electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables. Yellow is for gas, oil, steam, petroleum, or gaseous materials. Orange is for communication, alarm and signal lines, cables and conduit. Blue is for potable water. Purple is for reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines. Green is for sewers and drain lines. It's good information to learn because I thought (crimson and) blue was for National Championships and Purple meant you were a Cat Fan! Seriously though, the contractor has asked that we keep existing flags in place until after they do service crossovers. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at 785-665-7328 or fill out a form at Contact Us | City of Overbrook Kansas (overbrookks.com). Landscaping and seeding will begin after the service crossovers are completed.
4-13-22: We will have a "State of the City" Discussion on Tuesday, April 26th at 7pm at the Overbrook Library to provide an update on the Water Distribution Project; everyone is invited to participate in the conversation.
3-1-22: The contractors have completed a large portion of the new water line to the city
which will replace the original 4 "cast iron line from the wells east of the city. As many of you may have noticed the road
right of way and some of your lawns are covered in marking paint and little flags. As the project moves into the city, we
will face some challenges during this construction so please have some patience. We expect to have substantial
completion of the project in September of 2022. This project will be replacing almost all water mains in the city and will
also include replacement of all service lines (from the main to the meter) and meters. Please see the project
map below. The contractor is potholing to locate existing utilities in Sections 2, 3, and 4. They are also doing some of the line
bores in these sections as well. We will be scheduling a town hall meeting to address more specific question about the
project, so please watch for the date. Right now, we are looking at a date in early April for the town hall meeting. Thank
you! Jim Koger, Overbrook City Clerk
2-11-22: We have just added an updated schedule for Carstensen along with a project area plan map. You can find these in the documents below.
1-31-22: We enter 2022 with the Overbrook water project well underway. The contractors
have completed a large portion of the new water line to the city which will replace the original 4 “cast iron line from the
wells east of the city. As many of you may have noticed the road right of way and some of your lawns are covered in
marking paint and little flags. As the project moves into the city, we will face some challenges during this construction
so please have some patience. We expect to have substantial completion of the project in September of 2022. This
project will be replacing almost all water mains in the city and will also include replacement of all service lines (from the
main to the meter) and meters. A water system is vital to the continued growth and prosperity the citizens of
Overbrook. We will be scheduling a town hall meeting to address more specific question about the project, so please
watch for the date. Thank you! Jim Koger, Overbrook City Clerk
1-10-22: Central Tank will be here this week to prepare the East Tower to be turned back on. They will then be back in March to resume their work on the towers.
12-16-21: Central Tank change order for East Tower repairs. Waiting on Approval from state. Carstensen Contracting has got quite a bit of work done in the country east to the wells. They will resume work in January.
11-09-21: Here is the tentative Carstensen Contracting schedule.
10-29-2021: Carstensen Contracting, Inc has delivered some of the pipe for the project. They have also called in utility locates for the line boring to be done in the Country. Their schedule should be finalized soon.
10-20-2021: Special Meeting 7PM Overbrook City Hall East Tower Repair Change Order
10-04-2021: Added a Relative Document: Handout from October 4th Town Hall Meeting.
9-16-2021: Note from Central Tank Coatings, LLC Work Has begun on the East Water Tower. Please do not park in that area. Please do not enter the work area for the safety of the workers and yourself.
9-14-2021: With help from a community survey, the Council settled on Aqua Sky as their first choice for color on the East Water Tower Cap. Corncob is their alternate.
9-10-2021: The Notices to Proceed have been sent to the contractors. The date for Central Tank Coatings, Inc is September 13, 2021 and the date for Carstensen Contracting, Inc is October 1st. Details can be found here.
8-30-2021: The much-anticipated pre-construction conference for the Water Distribution project was held on Friday, August 27th. We will be setting up a series of questions and answers related to the project here on our website. Carstensen Contracting, Inc is the contractor for the water distribution project and Central Tank Coatings, Inc is the contractor for the Water Tower upgrades. We will be getting the Notices to Proceed out to the contractors within the next 30 days. Contractors are working to finalize schedules and we will post them as they become available.
7-30-2021: The contractor for the project contacted the engineering firm regarding a decrease in availability for materials needed as well as an increase in cost for materials due to recent events. The City of Overbrook wants to get the project started as soon as possible; however, the unexpected difficulties continue to hold up the start date. The city will discuss with Rural Development options about paying for these additional expenditures. We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of the water project.
Look for upcoming pre-construction conferences for the Water Distribution and Water Tower projects.