Sparks City Council Meeting 1/23/2012 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, January 23, 2012 2:00 PM
    Sparks Council Chambers, 745 4th Street, Sparks, NV 89431

Consent Items: 5.1

Title: Consideration and possible approval to purchase a replacement nitrogen analyzer for the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility laboratory, from Hach Company, in the amount of $56,070.
Petitioner/Presenter: Neil C. Krutz, P.E., Community Services Director/David Bruketta, Acting Plant Manager
Recommendation: Staff recommends approval to purchasing a Nitrogen Analyzer for the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility.
Financial Impact: $422,301 in appropriations is contained in the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) for capital equipment acquisitions supporting the operations of the facility. This expense will be charged to Account 604070, Capital Equipment and Furnishings, under Program 131515, TMWRF Laboratory. Following quarterly reconciliations between the Cities of Sparks and Reno it is expected that the overall impact will be $17,589.16 for the City of Sparks and $38,480.84 for the City of Reno based on the current ownership of TMWRF (31.37% / 68.63%).
Total Costs: $56,070.00
Fund: Joint Treatment Plant    Account: 604070
Program: TMWRF Lab (131515)
Amount: $56,070.00    Budget Status: Over Budget (See Budget Correction Plan)
Budget Correction Plan:
The budget plan is to AAR from the existing operating capital budget, specifically from 604070 / 131510 (TMWRF Mainenance).
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief: The nitrogen analyzer is an analytical tool used to measure nitrogen throughout the plant. It is used daily to measure TMWRF’s permit requirements and for providing process control data to the operational staff.

Background: The Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) has to meet stringent final effluent nitrogen requirements in order to maintain compliance with their discharge permit. The nitrogen is measured throughout the facility by Chemists using a Lachat Automated Nitrogen Analyzer, which meets the Clean Water Act requirements for a certified test method.

Analysis: The Lachat Automated Nitrogen Analyzer was installed in 1998 and has surpassed its expected service lifetime. Parts of the system have been upgraded over the years and the vendor intends to suspend service support and parts for this model. The Lachat Automated Analyzer provided by Hach Company will allow staff to reuse some non-ware parts from the existing system to save cost and the upgrading is proprietary and only available from this vendor.

Alternatives: 1. Council could direct staff to provide other alternatives. 2. This project could be delayed; however, possible consequences include extended wait times for process control data.

Recommended Motion: I move to approve the purchase of a replacement Lachat Automated Analyzer Instrument for the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility from Hach Company, in the amount of $56,070.

Attached Files:
     Lachat quote.pdf
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