Water issues

Several South Arkansas communities have been awards loads for water and sewer work.

Several South Arkansas communities have been awarded loans for water and sewer projects from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

The City of Emerson was approval of a loan in an amount up to $344,700 from the Arkansas Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund.

The repayment schedule will not exceed 10 years or the life of the project. The commission will establish the combined annual borrower rate and additional loan terms and conditions including the requirement to establish and maintain a depreciation reserve fund.

Funds will be used to replace outdated water meters with drive-by radio read meters to improve water loss and increase accuracy and to help the town recover lost revenue from improperly registering meters.

Other South Arkansas loans:

Lewisville – A loan up to $631,000 and $415,000 in principal forgiveness from the Arkansas Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund. The repayment schedule will not exceed 30 years or the life of the project.

Funds will be used to make Improvements to the existing wastewater treatment plant; furnish and install an aerator, repair the levee grade and stabilization, rehabilitate the rock reed filter, replace the plants in the rock reed filters, and 15-inch gravity sewer and manhole replacements.

Stephens – A loan in an amount up to $491,172 from the Arkansas Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund. The load schedule will not exceed 10 years or the life of the project.

The funds will be used to make improvements to existing 300,000-gallon water storage tank and 100,000-gallon water storage tank. Recent inspections have shown that both tanks need interior and exterior coatings. The project provides funding to re-coat both the interior and exterior of the tanks.

Southeast Bradley (County) Water District -- A loan, with principal forgiveness, from the Arkansas Drinking Water State Revolving Fund in an amount up to $505,323.

The project will be co-funded with USDA-Rural Development providing a loan of $275,000 and a grant of $1,597,000.

The funds will be used to replace the water lines within the Banks service area, abandoning the Banks well and plant, and connecting the Banks service area to the Southeast Bradley County Water District system. By doing this the Banks service area customers will experience more reliable and higher quality water.

Crossett – A loan in an amount up to $7 million from the Arkansas Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Crossett.

The repayment schedule will not exceed 30 years or the life of the project.

Funds will be used to make improvements to the East Crossett Sewer Collection System.

Portland – A grant in an amount up to $98,880 from the Arkansas Water Development Fund.

The project, located to the east of Portland along Highway 160, involves the construction of 11,910 feet of 6-inch PVC water line and appurtenances to provide wholesale water to the Chicot Junction Water System. These funds will be used for the portion that USDA RD is unable to provide as additional grant funding that USDA RD feels the applicant is unable to take as additional debt.

The project will provide water to Chicot Junction, which is also unable to absorb additional debt associated with loan funds.

Portland – A loan in an amount up to $1,545,000 from the Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal and Pollution Abatement Facilities General Obligation Bond Fund to the City of Portland.

The repayment schedule will not exceed 30 years or the life of the project.

Funds will be used to replace the existing mechanical sewage treatment plant with a 3-cell oxidation pond plant.

Harrell – A loan in an amount up to $343,835 from the Arkansas Water Development Fund to the City of Harrell.

The repayment schedule will not exceed 10 years or the life of the project.

Funds will be used to rehabilitate an existing 50,000-gallon elevated water storage tank, including complete removal of the interior and exterior paint system. The project will also include replacement of security fencing around the tank and well property, repair of the chlorine detection system, installation of chlorine gas disinfection, and a new driveway access to the tank site.

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