The expansion and development of the industrial park, which will bring revenue and jobs to the city, will also increase the water demand. The Amtex expansion, announced in August, is expected to be complete in March 2013.
The increased demand necessitated the larger water pipes in order to improve water pressure and capacity for customers in southeastern Jasper, according to Joe Matthews, Jasper’s Public Works Director. This will also ensure that residential and business customers in the area will not experience a service letdown.
Matthews expects the new, 15-inch water lines to be in place in a few weeks.
A second project will add a new water tank in that area. The water tank will be funded, in part, by a Community Development Block Grant.
That project has not yet begun, and will take a few months to complete once started. Matthews said that customers along Old Birmingham Highway and Whitehouse Road will see improved water service once both the projects are complete.
Matthews said that drivers in the area should not be impacted or impeded by the construction, since the crews are boring holes on the side that will travel under the road, rather than digging up or removing portions of the road.