Monday, December 10, 2012
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OXFORD -- Residents near Cook Road should expect to see increased water flow next year after an improvement project is completed.
The Oxford City Council recently approved a water system improvement plan for Cook Road.
"The City of Oxford and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority joined in a water service delivery improvement project on Cook Road," said Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry. "This project will increase the water flow to customers in the area and bring the pressure up to fire suppression standards."
The city received eight bids on the project, with prices ranging from $531,900 to $711,407. The council approved the low bid from Strickland and Sons Pipeline Inc. out of Buford.
Oxford's portion of the cost is $195,333, coming out of SPLOST funds for water projects.
WASA Executive Director Mike Hopkins said the project likely will begin in late January and take 120 days to complete.
He expects that no roads will have to be closed during the work, but he said part of a lane might be closed at some points.
"It shouldn't be that impactful. It's just a 12-inch water line," Hopkins said.
The project is part of an ongoing effort to repair Oxford's aging water lines, which the city sought help on through Newton County's SPLOST referendum.