The replacement of thousands of feet of cast iron water pipe with PVC will start soon in Magnolia.

A project to replace cast iron water mains in Magnolia is scheduled to start on October 1.

Magnolia Utilities manager Mandy Marchan said work to install PVC pipe will take two years.

Areas that will be receiving new water lines are East Columbia, Linda, Cooper, Hazel Circle, Iowa, Highland Circle, Engler, Monzingo, Partee, Lawton Circle, Mimosa, Joy, West Main, Virginia, Pecan, West Calhoun, Peggy, West Monroe, South Height, Doris, Beene, West Ross, Burnt Bridge, West, Gantt, Homer, Leon, South Clay, South Jefferson, Madison, South Washington, Kelso, Caldwell, Walnut and Vine.

People with questions or concerns may call Marchan at the Magnolia Water office, 870-234-2022.

Earlier this year, the Magnolia City Council voted to refinance a 1999 City Water Resource bond from 3.5 percent interest to 2.18 percent interest, and extend the payments an additional two years to generate the extra $1.5 million needed to fund the line replacements.

The total cost of the line replacement, along with the money still due on the 1999 bond issue, is $2,289,902.

The bond is now set to be paid off in December 2034.

The winning bid for the line replacement was submitted by RBIS LLC of TEXarkana. Engineering work will be by A.L. Franks Engineering.

The new lines will be laid in city ditches. If any private property is affected during the line replacement process, the city will fix the damage.

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