June 15, 2011 Edition

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Water plant completion
slated for September

Work continues on the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority's water treatment plant being built on the Spring River, just below where the Spring and Eleven Point rivers join.

A.J. Henry Jr., chairman of the authority, said work is expected to be complete by the end of September of 2011.

"Transmission lines that will serve Alicia, Hoxie, Portia, Sedgwick, Walnut Ridge and a portion of Lawrence County Regional Water have been laid and will be flushed and tested when water is available from the new plant," Henry said.

He reported that the water coming from the plant will have already been treated, so the local water departments will no longer have to treat their water supply.

"Although we should have a better quality of water, some issues that we must deal with now will continue," Henry said. "The need to flush hydrants two times each year will continue."

Henry, who is also a member of the Walnut Ridge City Waterworks Commission, said flushing hydrants is necessary to maintain they city's fire rating.

"When these flushings take place our water becomes discolored in the area of town affected by the flushing," he said. When the local water departments begin receiving the new water, they will be able to evaluate the improvement in the water quality, Henry said.

"The quality of water for our citizens will be improved, but we must wait until the plant is online to know just how much," he said. "We ask our residents to be patient. We assure our citizens that it is our aim to provide the best quality of water possible, within our means, to our customers."

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