November 23, 2011 Edition

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Water plant complete

Vivian Heyl
Staff Writer

The Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority has finished construction of the water treatment plant located on Spring River at 1835 Highway 361 and has scheduled transmission dates.

"The Arkansas Department of Health has inspected the facility and approved it, so we are able to begin delivering water," said A.J. Henry, president of NEAPWA.

Henry said that Portia was connected Monday and Walnut Ridge and Hoxie were scheduled to be connected on Tuesday. The Lawrence County Regional Water District is scheduled to be connected Monday, which will automatically connect Alicia and Sedgwick.

A grand opening will be held on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. at the plant.

Walnut Ridge Water Works Commission began exploring the possibility of building a water treatment plant on Spring River in early 1999.

The Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority was formed with Hoxie, Walnut Ridge, Alicia and Lawrence County Regional Water District as members of the newly formed commission. Sedgwick and Portia were added later. The commission began work on securing grants and loans to fund the project in 2006.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in late November of 2009 for the $13,050,000 project. Crist Engineers of Little Rock was engaged as the engineering firm and Van Horn Construction of Russellville was awarded the construction contract. Water lines were laid by BRB Contractors of Topeka, Kans.

The new plant has the capacity to deliver up to three million gallons of water a day, though less than half of that amount is expected to be needed initially.

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