Tuckerman Mayor works to improve water system

TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT)- A thirty year-old water system has really become a problem in the town of Tuckerman. But the new Mayor is putting his best foot forward to try and change that.

Water is something you need to wash dishes, clothes, and to just take a shower. But if the water coming out looks questionable, it can be a major inconvenience for residents.

"It's just not something you would go get a drink out of the tap with out think about it," said Gerald Winston, who lives in Tuckerman. He says when you turn on the faucet you never know what's going to come out. "You draw the bath water for children you have to make sure that it's usable because sometimes it can be very dark almost like tea or even coffee," said Winston.

But Tuckerman Mayor Larry Bowen hopes to change that, ever since he came into office this past January, he knew the water system was going to be a focus. "I know it's a bad problem. I knew it was a problem when I came into office. I told the people give me time and I'll get it straightened out and I'm going to," said Bowen.

Bowen says over the Memorial Day weekend, they started to have problems with low water pressure. It caused the filter system to not work properly, which made the water to come out discolored. "We called the city engineer in and the construction company. They evaluated it," said Bowen.

The City Engineer contributed the problem to a clogged water line and valve. Friday, construction crews spent the afternoon repairing the problem. The 14 inch water line was so clogged up, only 4 inches of water was able to go through.

Bowen says after this project is complete, there's still more work to be done. The next step is replacing the inner clarifier. "It's a scrapper that keep the slug and stuff circulated and removed. That has stopped working," said Bowen.

As for Winston, he's just glad that progress is being made. "You can tell a difference since Larry Bowen has been mayor, but they've got a long way to go," said Winston.

Bowen estimates it will cost around 25-thousand dollars to replace the inner clarifier, and hopes to obtain grant money to move the project forward. The project will then be presented to the city council for approval.

TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT)- A thirty year-old water system has really become a problem in the town of Tuckerman. But the new Mayor is putting his best foot forward to try and change that.

Water is something you need to wash dishes, clothes, and to just take a shower. But if the water coming out looks questionable, it can be a major inconvenience for residents.

"It's just not something you would go get a drink out of the tap with out think about it," said Gerald Winston, who lives in Tuckerman. He says when you turn on the faucet you never know what's going to come out. "You draw the bath water for children you have to make sure that it's usable because sometimes it can be very dark almost like tea or even coffee," said Winston.

But Tuckerman Mayor Larry Bowen hopes to change that, ever since he came into office this past January, he knew the water system was going to be a focus. "I know it's a bad problem. I knew it was a problem when I came into office. I told the people give me time and I'll get it straightened out and I'm going to," said Bowen.

Bowen says over the Memorial Day weekend, they started to have problems with low water pressure. It caused the filter system to not work properly, which made the water to come out discolored. "We called the city engineer in and the construction company. They evaluated it," said Bowen.

The City Engineer contributed the problem to a clogged water line and valve. Friday, construction crews spent the afternoon repairing the problem. The 14 inch water line was so clogged up, only 4 inches of water was able to go through.

Bowen says after this project is complete, there's still more work to be done. The next step is replacing the inner clarifier. "It's a scrapper that keep the slug and stuff circulated and removed. That has stopped working," said Bowen.

As for Winston, he's just glad that progress is being made. "You can tell a difference since Larry Bowen has been mayor, but they've got a long way to go," said Winston.

Bowen estimates it will cost around 25-thousand dollars to replace the inner clarifier, and hopes to obtain grant money to move the project forward. The project will then be presented to the city council for approval.

TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT)- A thirty year-old water system has really become a problem in the town of Tuckerman. But the new Mayor is putting his best foot forward to try and change that.

Water is something you need to wash dishes, clothes, and to just take a shower. But if the water coming out looks questionable, it can be a major inconvenience for residents.

"It's just not something you would go get a drink out of the tap with out think about it," said Gerald Winston, who lives in Tuckerman. He says when you turn on the faucet you never know what's going to come out. "You draw the bath water for children you have to make sure that it's usable because sometimes it can be very dark almost like tea or even coffee," said Winston.

But Tuckerman Mayor Larry Bowen hopes to change that, ever since he came into office this past January, he knew the water system was going to be a focus. "I know it's a bad problem. I knew it was a problem when I came into office. I told the people give me time and I'll get it straightened out and I'm going to," said Bowen.

Bowen says over the Memorial Day weekend, they started to have problems with low water pressure. It caused the filter system to not work properly, which made the water to come out discolored. "We called the city engineer in and the construction company. They evaluated it," said Bowen.

The City Engineer contributed the problem to a clogged water line and valve. Friday, construction crews spent the afternoon repairing the problem. The 14 inch water line was so clogged up, only 4 inches of water was able to go through.

Bowen says after this project is complete, there's still more work to be done. The next step is replacing the inner clarifier. "It's a scrapper that keep the slug and stuff circulated and removed. That has stopped working," said Bowen.

As for Winston, he's just glad that progress is being made. "You can tell a difference since Larry Bowen has been mayor, but they've got a long way to go," said Winston.

Bowen estimates it will cost around 25-thousand dollars to replace the inner clarifier, and hopes to obtain grant money to move the project forward. The project will then be presented to the city council for approval.

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