Published on Arkansas Money & Politics December 1, 2021
Southside Public Water Authority and Southside School District have partnered to implement co-located solar arrays, with the help of Little Rock energy consultant company, Entegrity. By sharing a site and reducing fixed costs, Entegrity reports that the Water Authority and School District increased the amount each will save over the life of the projects—estimated at $1M and $2.3M, respectively.
Southside School District is a school district in Southside, a town located south of Batesville, in Independence County. The Entegrity team designed the systems and is currently on-site for construction.
Water treatment and distribution make up the majority of the Water Authority’s energy consumption. Southside Public Water Authority’s new 480 kW array will significantly reduce its operating expenses and bring more renewable energy to the state.
“Our services attribute to the daily activities of our community, so we wanted this project to be both environmentally beneficial and fiscally responsible. Adding this infrastructure adds value to our facilities and helps us stabilize the impact of energy on our customers’ water rates for the coming years,” stated Southside Public Water Authority Manager, Scott Williams.
The District’s 1.44 MW array is expected to be completed by early 2022. “Southside schools and taxpayers will benefit from this project as it greatly reduces the cost to keep our facilities running. We can now shift school funds from utility bills to education efforts,” added Dion Stevens, Southside School District Superintendent.
Senator James Sturch (R-AR) commented, “Southside Public Water Authority and Southside School District become better stewards of the community and boost our area’s economic development with this venture. As a proponent of the Solar Access Act, I’m excited to see Southside take advantage of solar energy.”
Published in The Batesville Daily Guard November 29, 2021
Published on White River Now June 17, 2020
Southside Public Water Authority meets, takes action on moving forward with sewer expansion
The Southside Public Water Authority (SPWA) met Tuesday night, June 9, for a regular monthly board meeting. Among the agenda items, standard monthly financial and system total reports were reviewed and approved for the months of March, April, and May, according to a press release from the SPWA.
Matthew Dunn, president of Crist Engineers, presented an update on the sewer expansion project targeting properties along Arkansas Highway 25/Heber Springs Road, as well as properties on Fred Street. Of the 51 homes targeted, 46 have agreed to connect to the sewer service as it becomes available.
According to Dunn, the total project is estimated to cost $1,144,000. The board unanimously voted to accept the estimated cost summary as presented by Dunn and to enter into an engineering agreement with Crist Engineers.
The expansion project will be funded from part of the $3.46 million construction fund acquired from the sale of water and sewer revenue improvement and refunding bonds.
In other business, Manager Scott Williams notified the board of some deterioration to the brackets holding the SWPA’s 12-inch steel water line that spans the White River Bridge.
This line provides for the interconnection between the Southside Public Water Authority and Batesville Water Utilities.
Beverly’s Construction submitted a quote of $43,500, which the board unanimously voted to accept. Repairs will take place later this year.
Published in the Batesville Daily Guard March 15, 2019.
Water Authority produces 6 billionth gallon
SOUTHSIDE -- Six billion and counting.
At the Southside Public Water Authority's regular monthly board Tuesday night, Manager John Richardson put on display the 6 billionth gallon of water produced from the water treatment plant.
In January, officials reported that water treatment plant was treating and pumping an average of 1.16 million gallons per day for a water service population of 9,553 people.
After convincing the Arkansas Department of Health for the need of a surface water treatment facility to meet the demands of the communities south of the White River, the Kruger ActiFloc/ActiFlow water treatment plant was constructed during 2002 and put into service in March 2003.
Its innovative design, which uses ballasted flocculation, provides for an increased flow rate and response time when treating the changing conditions of the White River, Richardson said.
"The process allows for easy treatment of water during times of high turbidity," he said. "So when the White River is flooding, it's business as usual."
Among other agenda items, standard monthly financial and system total reports were reviewed and approved.
Gary Vinson, the authority's attorney, had some research concerning the Freedom of Information Act and how requests should be made to the water authority for those who want the information.
After discussion by board members, a policy was adopted stating that individuals who would like to have information reproduced must make their request known during business hours at the authority office. The information requested would then be reproduced for the individual at a cost of 20 cents per sheet.
Published in the Batesville Daily Guard January 10, 2019.
Southside Water Authority sees growth
SOUTHSIDE -- In the last five years alone, the Southside Public Water Authority has gained 500 customers and grown by leaps and bounds.
On Tuesday night, Authority Assistant Manager Scott Williams presented to the Southside water board the 2018 year-end report, showing at year's end the authority had treated and pumped 422,976,000 gallons of water which generated $2,203,179 in water sales.
The water treatment plant averaged treating and pumping 1,159,000 gallons per day with the daily peak of 1,711,000 gallons occurring May 10.
Southside ended 2018, serving 3,821 meters for a water service population of 9,553 people.
By comparison, in 2013 for example, Southside treated and pumped 302,872,000 gallons of water, generating $1,464,040 in water sales. The daily average rate of treated and pumped water per day was 829,786 gallons, and the authority was serving 3,625 meters for a water service population of 9,062 people.
In 2018, the wastewater plant treated 51,183,466 gallons of sewage which generated $428,739.00 in wastewater sales, and averaged treating 140,229 gallons of sewage per day.
Wastewater collection service was provided to 861 homes and businesses.
Total water and sewer revenues for the year combined including connection fees, interest income and other income totaled $2,929,221.39.
Authority field personnel installed 42 new water connections, five new wastewater connections, repaired 96 main leaks, and 93 service line/setter leaks, worked 1,451 work orders for both water and wastewater, performed 103 plumbing inspections, responded to 838 locate requests, and requested 296 locates.
Manager John Richardson informed the directors that Andrew Brock of 460 McHue Road filed for board position 6 by the Jan. 8 deadline as required by article III of the Authority's policy.
Carolyn Hopping, current incumbent of position 6, has filed for re-election. Voting for position 6 will take place at the authority's annual meeting, set for Feb. 12.
No one filed in opposition for board positions 1 and 3 so therefore, Tim Thomas and Rick Siler, who both filed for re-election, will be re-elected to their respective positions at the annual meeting.
In other business, the directors reviewed December water and wastewater financial reports and the December system total report. Authority attorney Gary Vinson had no legal updates to report.