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— Gravette residents will soon be drinking water from the city’s new million gallon water tank.

Junior Hartley, Director of Public Works, said the $1,842,00 project is virtually completed except for cleanup work at the site.

The tank is being filled this week and tests will be sent to the Department of Health in Little Rock next Monday and Tuesday.

When the samples are returned safe, the tank will be put into service.

The project is being completed months ahead of its March,2010contractcompletion date. Earlier it had been determined the work would be completed sometime in November of this year.

Hartley said the 12-inch lines, a $234,000 project to service the tank and the Gravette system, had been completed several months ago. Those lines have been flushed prior to filling the new reservoir.

Hartley explained the interior of the tank was treated with a chlorine concentrate which mixes with the incoming water to sterilize the tank. The process then involves taking the samples for testing.

“I want to get the tank filled this week and take samples Monday and Tuesday of next week,” Hartley said. “We’ll know the results in about a week and will move forward from there. We’re hopeful the initial tests will prove okay.”

Landmark Structures of Fort Worth, TX, is the contractor for the tank. The service lines were completed by Ground Zero Construction of Siloam Springs. The contracts were issued last October.

The projects have been funded by issuing $2,240,000 in revenue bonds which is resulting in water rate increase, the first of which went into effect January 1 of this year. Additional adjustments will be made Jan. 1, 2010 and 2011.

Fall Festival Is Scheduled October 30 At Duffy Elementary

Gravette Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization is making plans for the annual Fall Festival and Chili Supper which will be held Friday, October 30, at Glenn Duffy Elementary School.

The activities, which provide fun and activities for children as well as a chili supper to raise funds for the organization will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. that evening.

“All ages are welcome and volunteers are still needed,” said Hope Duke, PTO spokesperson. For info call the school, 787-4120, or Duke at 787-5628.

OCH Hospital Announces Festival

Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette announce they will hold a Fall Festival, Saturday, October 31, at the hospital at 1101 Jackson Street, S.W.

Activities will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. when the staff “will be all dressed up and handing out candy for the little ones,” a hospital spokesperson said.

There will also be a free chili supper in the cafeteria for those who attend.

During the festival “donations will be accepted for holiday food baskets and the angel tree for Gravette families in need,” the announcement said, and all donations will be greatly appreciated.

If you have questions contact the OCH PR office, 479-344-6464.

News, Pages 1 on 10/14/2009

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