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Town continues wastewater improvements

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a change order for the second phase of the wastewater improvement project, which will allow the town to close out the project and apply for a grant that will help in tackling a water loss project.
The approval with Smith Contractors, Inc. was for an increase of $16,212.96, which will be paid from existing project contingency funds.
The second phase of the wastewater improvement project included a 6-mile sewer outfall line to the Nolichucky River with Merkel Brothers Contracting. An aerator, which is designed to put dissolved oxygen back into the effluent before being discharged into the Nolichucky River, was also included.
Smith Contractors constructed the effluent pump station, which receives the treated water before it’s pumped into the Nolichucky River. The work also included piping to connect the old Schreiber basins to the oxidation ditches. Air diffusers in the Schreiber basins and paving were also among the bid with Smith Contractors.
The third part of the second phase also included the reconstruction of the Persimmon Ridge Pump Station, which is operational and close to being closed out.
The pump station receives flow from both the Industrial Park and areas north of Jackson Boulevard up past Payne Road. The town also took steps to take as much sewer flow from A Station, off of College Street, as they could. The Payne Road pump station was eliminated and a gravity line was built to carry wastewater to Jackson Boulevard. The Jackson Heights Pump station was also eliminated and a gravity line was built to connect the sewer flow to the Persimmon Ridge pump station. Town Administrator Bob Browning said the final change order for the Smith Contractors, Inc. will allow the town to close out the financial obligations, which in turn closes out the project.
He said the town needs to close out the project by the end of the month in order to be eligible to reapply for block grant money for the water loss project.
The water loss project is intended to cut down the loss of finished water that is going to customers, a systemwide impact.
The Town of Jonesborough has, in the past, experienced a water loss of up to 50 percent or more.
The town wants to cut its current water loss by at least 20 percent.
The Town of Jonesborough has the potential of receiving $500,000, plus an additional $25,000 bump for the water loss improvement project.
If the town is awarded the grant, the construction of the project will begin sometime in the spring of 2016.