The City of Neosho’s voter-approved water system improvement project is nearing its end.
Mike Hightower, Neosho Public Works director, said all new waterlines have been installed, and all that’s left of the waterline improvements is to take some existing old lines out of service, tie in new ones, and clean up the leftover mess.
“They’re going to have most of the work done this month,” Hightower said. “They’ve got all the new pipe in the ground they’re going to put in.”
Crews from Rosetta Construction have been working for months to replace aged waterlines in the oldest parts of town, as well as in the Camp Crowder area, with the intention of increasing the water supply capacity, increasing pressure stability and reducing maintenance expenses associated with the old pipes.
The replacement is also intended to cut down on sediment in the water system, which had been a citizen complaint with the old lines.
Hightower said the city has heard positive feedback from residents so far.
“Their water volume has went up,” Hightower said. “Hopefully this will help with water loss. It seems like it’s helping some already but we don’t know for sure.”
He said the difference in water loss would be more evident once the project has been complete for a few months.
As the crews work to cap off old water lines and connect newly installed water mains, some Neosho residents could be without water temporarily.
Water service may be interrupted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday for residents living on Ripley Street between South Street and South Place, and between the same hours on Tuesday for residents living on Grand Avenue between High Street and Jefferson Street, on Archer Court, on Finney Street between North Street and Grand Avenue, on south College Street between North Street and Grand Avenue, and on Jefferson Street between North Street and Grand Avenue.
The waterline replacements had been scheduled for completion this month, and while Hightower says that goal is expected to be met, cleanup will take longer, possibly lasting until the spring.
Meanwhile, Hightower said the updates at the city’s water treatment plant are also on schedule, and are expected to be completed in June.
David E. Ross Construction is performing the water plant updates, which began in the summer of 2012.
The project consists of upgrading the city’s treatment plant as well as wells and pump stations to stay in compliance with state and federal standards.
Hightower said the plant was built in the early 1940s.
The third part of the project, the installation of a new 14,000-foot, 16-inch water transmission main on Kodiak Road, has already been completed.
Page 2 of 2 - Hightower said that work was finished in early December and the water line is currently in use, though some cleanup remains.
“All the projects are going along fine and staying under budget,” Hightower said.
The project is being financed by a low-interest $9.4 million loan from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which Neosho voters approved in August 2009.