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COMMERCE WELL #6

As a result of the water source evaluation, CWL is planning to construct Commerce Well #6, which would be located near Commerce Well #2. This well would be constructed in a slightly deeper aquifer that shows to have soft, high quality water. The Arkansas Department of Health approved the well project in late August. We have been in contact with Layne-Arkansas, who will be drilling the well, and they expect to drill the well this fall, which will be well ahead of our peak 2016 water usage.

PARKER ROAD 69kV LINE STEEL POLE UPGRADE

CWL has completed design of an upgrade to the 69 kV transmission line from approximately Willow Road to Perkins Road. The new design involves the replacement of 30 wooden poles with steel poles that will not only provide structural reinforcement of the transmission line, but also provide for future conductor upgrade of the line when warranted due to increased electric loads. CWL began hauling poles to the job site and framing poles the week of August 10th. Construction began on Parker Road on September 8th and is scheduled for completion by the end of November, contingent on weather conditions.

LAWSON ROAD DISTRIBUTION IMPROVEMENTS

Construction recently began on improvements of the 13.2 kV distribution line on Lawson Road. The three phase line improvements include the upgrade to new 45 wood poles and 336 ACSR wire, increasing the capacity of the line. The line upgrade starts at Culberhouse and extends west on Lawson to Valley Ridge Trail. This will improve reliability and flexibility in this area of the City. Construction is scheduled for completion by late November 2015, depending on weather conditions. As part of these improvements, additional three phase distribution circuit upgrades were completed on Lawson Road near Valley View Schools prior to the beginning of the school year.

UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN

CWL employees recently held their annual United Campaign and, once again, it was a huge success. Led by the CWL Employees Advisory and Safety Committee, the employees pledged $153,481.12 to the United Way 2016 campaign. There was 100% employee participation and 180 employees who pledged $500.00 or more a year. CWL employees truly are making a difference every day in their community!

CWL retirees continue to make a difference by donating $3,125.00 to the United Way Campaign! Thank You!

SOUTHWEST DRIVE MOTOR-OPERATED VALVE

CWL will construct a motor-operated valve facility just south of the Valley View Church of Christ on Southwest Drive. This valve will be normally closed and divide the 475 and 530 pressure planes. The valve facility will monitor the Craighead Forest Road Tank, which is the tank on the 475 pressure plane in that area, and automatically open if needed to help maintain water levels in that tank. This will help provide more stable pressure in the area, as well as provide a backup feed into the Valley View area. Title research is complete, and we should receive title to the property in late June or early July. The facility is on schedule to be completed by late 2015 or early 2016.

PAYMENT CHANGE NOTICE FOR DISCONNECTED CUSTOMERS

Effective May 15, 2015, CWL does not accept checks as a form of payment for customers who are disconnected for failure to make timely payments on their accounts. Cash or money orders are the only acceptable method of payment.

WATER SYSTEM HYDRAULIC MODEL

CWL has contracted SSR Engineers to assist us in constructing a hydraulic model of our water system. The model will allow us to simulate major fire flows and demands from new development, which will help us to proactively and economically plan system improvements. We have been supplying information about our system to SSR over the last couple of months, and SSR confirmed in late November that the project is on schedule. The model should be completed in 2015.

WATER SOURCE EVALUATION

CWL has contracted SSR Engineers to assist us in constructing a hydraulic model of our water system. The model will allow us to simulate major fire flows and demands from new development, which will help us to proactively and economically plan system improvements. We have been supplying information about our system to SSR over the last couple of months, and SSR confirmed in late November that the project is on schedule. The model should be completed in 2015.

INFLOW AND INFILTRATION PROGRAM

Long Range Goals

  • System study including placement of flow monitors in individual basins;
  • Analysis and documentation of current projects;
  • Evaluate lift stations and capacity issues;
  • Develop CMOM document;
  • Develop a check list for items that ADEQ typically requires;
  • Work on CWL communication and organization (software, record keeping, etc.);
  • Evaluate preventive maintenance, public relations, and overall management of wastewater system.

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