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Priority list for water projects adopted
by Chuck Thompson
Aug 03, 2010 | 2288 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jones County Board of Commissioners approved a priority list for water improvements, removed a referendum from the November ballot for a tax increase to fund a sewer plant at the industrial park, honored Sheriff Butch Reece, and recognized the World Series-bound youth softball teams during their regular meeting on July 20.

The water priority list, prepared by Tim Ingram, the county’s engineering consultant, was first presented to and approved by the commission’s water committee during a work session before the regular meeting.

The list contains six projects with a total estimated cost of almost $2 million.

First on the list is a two-million-gallon ground storage tank on Ga. 49. Ingram said the tank, which was included in previous priority lists, is needed to service the entire system and help keep up with additional water needs throughout the county. The estimated cost for the tank is $1 million.

Second on the list is a new well on the edge of the industrial park property near where it joins the Plum Creek tract. Ingram said a test well at the site showed it would be a good water producer and that it would provide additional water needed to handle new customers being added with expansion of the water system in the Creekside neighborhood and other areas. The water would be piped to the Henderson Road treatment plant and then into the system from there. The estimate for that project is $272,000.

Priority three is an upgrade of the Griswoldville Road water line by adding a 12-inch main beside the existing 8-inch line. That $320,683 project would allow more water into the system on the lower end of the county, enabling the operators to keep the water tank on Gray Highway full to alleviate pressure problems and allow for new service in the area.

Fourth on the list is $294,000 for a supervisory control and data acquisition system. The radio-operated computer-controlled system would allow operators to monitor and control wells, pumps and water tanks remotely, improving efficiency of the system and cutting down on labor and fuel costs associated with manually checking and controlling the different sites.

The final two priorities are upgrading the pumps at the Stagecoach Road station with larger models ($65,000) and completing the bore for new water lines under the railroad on Henderson Road ($20,000).

Water committee chairman Larry Childs said the six projects on the priority list need to be completed to keep the system going to handle the county’s water needs for the next three to five years.

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