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LRAFB water tank project nearly 8o percent complete

The Jacksonville Water Commission recently was updated by its project engineer about the status of several projects.

According to Garver Engineering, the construction of a three-million gallon water tank to service the Little Rock Air Force Base is about 79 percent complete. The project is projected to be completed by Dec. 7.

The commission, along with the cities of Jacksonville and Sherwood, undertook the project a few years ago to better service the Little Rock Air Force Base. The city of Jacksonville had to work with the city of Sherwood because Sherwood had annexed the ground that the water tank is being built upon.

The commission was also updated by Garver that the General Samuels Water Line project is about 88 percent complete. The water line is expected to be completed by Aug. 28.

In other business, the commission was informed the Valentine-Wooten Road sewer line had 251 residential and 20 commercial customers added onto it as of June 20.

Between the period of Jan. 13-June 13, the average number of monthly invoices were 175 residential customers and 16 commercial customers.

The average monthly consumption in 2013 so far has been 672,000 gallons in residential usage and 118,000 in commercial usage, according to the report.

Rates being charges to customers along Valentine-Wooten have been: $6.70 in consumer charges for inside city retail customers and $10 in customer charges for those outside of the city.

Monthly charge breakdowns include:

$8.70 bill for city retail customers with a minimum of 2,000 gallon usage and a $13.40 bill for customers outside of the city limits.

Commissioners were also told the city’s waterworks department collected $94,791.20 worth of online payments during the month of May from 939 individual payments.

The department billed 9,224 residential customers in May and 841 commercial customers.

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