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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Water project winding down

  • Neosho residents should see the city streets clear in the coming months, as the city's $9.5 million water system improvement project wraps up.
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  • Neosho residents should see the city streets clear in the coming months, as the city's $9.5 million water system improvement project wraps up.
    While work to remove old waterlines has posed the possibility of water service interruptions for some Neosho residents in the past few days, Mike Hightower, the city's public works director, said the end is in sight.
    "It's going to go into April," Hightower said. "We've got a few more loose ends to tie up."
    He said while most new pipes have been installed, crews are continuing work to remove old water lines.
    Once the old water lines and meters are removed, and all new lines have been tied in, workers will only have cleanup left to do.
    He said the workers have not encountered any significant delays in performing the work, and that the city realized the challenges of working in the middle of city streets when the project began.
    "We knew it was going to be a tough job when they started it," Hightower said.
    He said streets with remaining work include Laquesta Drive, College Street, one block of Wood Street, and a few other areas around town.
    The possible water service interruptions are due to the removal of old water lines, Hightower said.
    Neosho voters approved the water improvement project in August 2009.
    Rosetta Construction crews have been working for months to replace aged waterlines in the oldest areas of town, as well as in the Camp Crowder area.
    The goals of the improvement project are to cut down on sediment in the water system, reduce maintenance expenses associated with the old pipes, increase pressure stability and increase water supply capacity.
    Hightower said he had heard some reports of residents getting a little more water pressure since the new lines were installed.

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