08/21/2023 Advertisement to Bid – Waste Treatment Plant Generator Install & Building



 Notice is hereby given that the Houlton Water Company will receive sealed bids for the construction of the Houlton Water Company Wastewater Treatment Plant Standby Generator project located in Houlton, Maine in accordance with the Advertisement for Bids, Bid Form, Agreement, General Conditions, Supplementary Conditions, Specifications and Drawings.

Bids will be received by the Houlton Water Company, 21 Bangor Street, Houlton, Maine, 04730, until 2:00 PM local prevailing time on September 8, 2023 at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud.

The work shall consist of, but not be limited to, the construction of the 24’ x 40’ Generator building and installation of owner supplied 500 kVA generator, removal/disposal of existing generator and other incidental work.

Electronic copies of the project documents to be used for bidding can be obtained by email request to:

Kirk Ball, PE

Acheron Engineering Services

153 Main Street

Newport, Maine 04953

Telephone:       207-341-2590

Email:              kball@acheronengineering.com

All questions and requests concerning this project should be made by contacting Acheron Engineering not Houlton Water Company.

This contract is expected to be funded in whole or in part by an American Rescue Plan Act Grant (ARPA) awarded by Aroostook County in the State of Maine.  Neither the County nor any of its departments, agencies, or employees is or will be a party to this contract.  The word “County” in the contract documents refers to the Aroostook County and all other involved funding agencies.

The contractor must comply with all Federal Requirements per the ARPA including submittal of pre-award certification regarding Lobbying.

The contractor must comply with Davis-Bacon (DB) and Davis-Bacon Related Acts (DBRA) as stated in the ARPA Supplementary Conditions.  All laborers and mechanics employed by the contractor and subcontractors on this project shall not be paid less than the prevailing wage rates contained in the wage determination published in the bidding documents.  Any laborers and mechanics not listed in the wage determination shall be paid at least as much as the lowest wage rate for other similar trade classifications already contained in the wage determination published in the bidding documents.

The Houlton Water Company resumes the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive formalities.

Bids must be placed in an envelope and sealed with the following information written on the outside: “Bid for Houlton Water Company 2023 Wastewater Treatment Plant Standby Generator Project.”

A pre-bid meeting will be held on August 31, 2023 at 10:00 AM at the Houlton Water Company Wastewater Treatment Plant, 135 Access Road, Houlton, Maine. All interested contractors are required to attend.

Generator Project Treatment Plant

May 30th Power Outage Alert

Power Outage Alert for Sub-Transmission Maintenance
When: Tuesday, May 30th starting at 1:00 pm for approximately two and one half hours.
Where: Foxcroft Road, Foxcroft Court, Maliseet Drive, Clover Circle, Pine Drive, Lowery Road, Smith Road, Currier Road, and Crawford Road.
Work will be done to repair a frayed conductor on the HWC 34.5kV sub-transmission line, which was recently discovered while patrolling the main electrical circuits. This will require an outage of a small portion of the 34.5kV line and the so-called Cooks Brook Substation located just south of Cook’s Brook off the Foxcroft Road.

Open Line Worker / Meter Reader Position

HWC currently has an opening for a Line Worker / Meter Reader.  This position is a 40 hour per week position 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, but requires availability during holiday, nights and weekends and eventually an on-call status once trained.  No prior experience is necessary as HWC will train the individual.  However, HWC also encourages any individual with prior line work experience to apply and their knowledge and experience will be taken into consideration.

Houlton Water Co. HPT Dec. 14 21 (002)

Emergency Outage Alert for September 23, 2022

Emergency Outage Alert 09.23.2022



Emergency Outage Alert – Sunday September 25, 2022


It is necessary for HWC to take a power outage of its Plaza Electric Substation beginning at 1 pm Sunday lasting for approximately 4 hours until approximately 5 pm.  This is necessary to remove a critical piece of equipment from the substation and to replace it.  We received notification from our Vendor today that an oil sample taken during one of the normal maintenance cycles was showing severe deterioration and they issued a critical alert to remove this piece of equipment as soon as possible.  The areas affected will be the Ludlow Road, Access Road, Washburn Street, Water Street, Lincoln St., Highland Ave., Prospect Street, Winter St., Mechanic St. Key Bank Building Lot, Market Commons, Charles St., River St., North St. from Maple Street to Heading North, The North Road Shopping Plaza and North St North of Interstate 95.

My apologies for the outage, but unfortunately this is an emergency, and the equipment must be replaced.

HWC Board Meeting for 09/20/2022 Rescheduled to 09/27/2022

The HWC Board Meeting Scheduled for September 20, 2022 has been postponed until Tuesday September 27th at 4 pm at the Houlton Water Company Offices located at 21 Bangor Street.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Greg Sherman at (207) 532-2259 from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. M-F