Jason Langley, general manager of Jasper Water and Sewer, said his goal has been for the board to be proactive with its efforts.
“We want to have areas ready for growth,” he said. “We want people who are considering putting their businesses in Jasper to know that water and sewer hookups are ready for them.”
Jasper Water crews are currently boring holes off Industrial Boulevard in an effort to run new water lines into the area. Langley said the project will tie together two large water mains in that area. That project and other work done in the area will allow for water in all areas of the Bevill Industrial Park and the Jasper Industrial Park. The current work is being done solely by Jasper Water.
Another project along Industrial Boulevard to improve water lines in the area should begin soon, Langley said.
Those improvements, a joint effort between the City of Jasper and Jasper Water, are being funded by a $500,000 community development block grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The Jasper Water Board is paying the matching $127,000.
The Jasper City Council approved Terry Acuff of Community Consultants to administer the grant at its last meeting, and bids for the project are set to be opened Monday. Langley said he expects the council will approve those bids at its meeting Tuesday.
A final project in the area of the two industrial parks is to add a new water tank. Langley said the water board is seeking federal funding to construct the 1 million gallon tank.
“The tank is another way that we are trying to stay ahead of the curb as far as growth goes,” Langley said. “With the expansions currently taking place at the industrial parks, that is going to increase water usage. We can handle that increased usage now, but a new tank would give us more water in reserve.”
Jasper Water Works also recently completed a one-day project on Viking Drive that ran new sewer and water lines to the property that formerly housed the Carl Cannon automobile dealership. The property is set to be the future home of Full Moon Bar-B-Que and will have the potential to house other businesses as well.
Another large project underway by Jasper Water is a $1.7 million expansion to its wastewater treatment plant. When finished, the facility will be completely rennovated and its capacity will be increased from 4.8 million gallons per day to 8 million gallons.
“We are proud of the work we are doing,” Langley said. “We want to play a big role in improving the quality of life in Jasper and do our part to help the city continue to grow.”