Moving forward: BV wrapping up design phase for rural water project

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mayor Tim McKinney said the city will finish up the design phase for its rural water project this month.

He said the project will add approximately 41 miles of water line into the future growth area outside of Berryville. These new water lines, McKinney said, will serve residents who have previously relied on wells or other independent water sources.

“We’re in the design stage right now and acquiring easements,” he said. “The designs should be done by July 1.”

Once the designs are completed, they will be sent to the Arkansas Department of Health for approval, he said. The city likely will begin the bidding process this fall, he said.

“Bids will probably go out in September or October,” McKinney said. “Once we go to bids, the sign-up period is over.”

He said more than 400 people have signed up for the rural water service so far, and about 350 will be served under the current designs.

“With the funding we have, we will be able to provide rural water service to about 350 residents,” McKinney said. “We’re making good progress so far.”

He said residents interested in rural water service should sign up by the end of the summer. The sign-up fee is currently $100 and takes care of connection fees, he said.

“The cost will go up after we bid out the project,” McKinney said. “It could range from $500 to $1,000. If you want rural water service, now is the time to sign up.”

The $8.8 million project is being funded in part by a $2.75 million grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) and a $1.68 million loan resolution with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). McKinney said the rest of the project will be paid for through other grants.

“We’re dealing with two agencies for the project,” he said. “Government work takes a while, but we’re happy to do it. We’re pleased with the project so far.”

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