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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:35 am, Wed May 2, 2012.

A Sacramento company has been awarded a $4.4 million bid to construct a new replacement pump station and sewer main pipeline in Galt. The work, approved by the city council on Tuesday with a 4-0 vote, is necessary due to an aging system that is nearly at capacity.

Vice Mayor Marylou Powers was absent.

The $5.8 million project has already been budgeted and will be paid for using already collected wastewater treatment funds. The other costs are for consultant services and contingencies.

Currently, all raw sewage is sent to a 30 plus-year-old pump station before being pumped through an aging 16-inch concrete pipe 2 1/2 miles north to the wastewater treatment plant, according to Interim Public Works Director Richard Prima.

The current pipe, which runs along the railroad right of way, leaks, he added.

The new project will allow the city to expand by providing more capacity ahead of future population growth.

Resident Rick Walters questioned whether future residents would pay for the increased capacity.

Although the capacity will be there, Prima said it will not be used until there are more ratepayers. When future pumps with high horsepower are added, developers will pay for them, he added.

"It makes sense to plan for the future," City Manager Jason Behrmann said of the pipe size to be installed.

Under this project, the new pumps will be located mostly underground and on city-owned property.

Marques Pipeline, Inc., was the lowest bidder of 16 construction bids received by the city in March.

"The $4 million is quite a bit lower than what was originally budgeted," Prima said, adding that the entire project was originally budgeted at $8 million.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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