More than 20 years of efforts could soon be seen in area faucets when water from Greers Ferry Lake flows through area faucets via the Lonoke White Water Project.
Ward mayor Art Brooke, who also serves as Lonoke White Public Water Users Authority (LWPWUA) president, said last week that the project is on the verge of delivering to member systems. Brooke made his remarks during the Ward City Council meeting.
Grand Prarie/Bayou Two Public Facility Board (PFB), Furlow Public Water Authority and Jacksonville Water Department are LWPWUA members along with the Austin Water Department, Beebe Water and Sewer Commission, North Pulaski Waterworks PFB, Vilonia Waterworks Association and the Ward Water and Sewer System.
The water could be flowing by mid June, Brooke said.
LWPWUA general manager Woody Bryant said Wednesday that Brooke’s estimate is "probably pretty close."
Bringing the system into operation is a gradual process with no single action that would constitute the system being "turned on," Bryant said. "There are lots of things that have to be done along the way."
Vilonia will be the first to be supplied by LWPWUA, followed by Beebe, and then working southward, Bryant said.
Later in the summer there will be a celebration marking the completion of the water project, Bryant said.
Efforts to build the $45 million, 35-mile water system have been ongoing for more than 20 years; groundbreaking on the project was in June 2012.
The LWPWA intake and treatment facility is on 103 acres at the Cove Creek area of Greers Ferry Lake. The plant has a capability of 30 million gallons a day (MGD), but plans are for an initial flow of 10 MGD.
The 24-inch pipeline will deliver water as far south as Furlow, and will be primarily a gravity-feed system requiring very little pumping.