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New water plant in Tuckerman in operation

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After spending more than $7 million on water improvements, the city of Tuckerman is nearing the final stretch of their project.

Mayor Ron Koller said the city is currently in the process of tearing down two of their old water plants.

He said they just got their new water plant running which has cleared up their reported brown water.

As of now, they are still using the old water tower, which was built in the early 1940s, until they get their new one ready.

“Soon, people will begin to notice an increase in water pressure,” said Koller.

Koller said though the new plant is pumping water with an extra pump online as well, there may still be glitches when it comes down to dead end lines which may produce brown water.

However, he did say that for the most part, things are looking good for the city.

“We have worked hard,” said Koller.  “The Mayor before me has worked hard. I feel like we have finally accomplished something, and I think we are going to have good water. Matter of fact, I think we are going to have great water in comparison to what Tuckerman has had in the past.”

Koller said the new 250,000-gallon tower is full of water, but it is still being tested and inspected.

“As soon as those tests come back from Little Rock, the tower should be up and running by the end of this week,” he said.

In addition to the start of the new water plant, Koller said they have also been working on a new sewer system that includes a new pump station, new pumps, and a cleaner sewer lagoon.

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