The town of Shoals is planning to make upgrades to its decades-old wastewater system, situated across the White River. Our partners at WTHI-TV report the $1.9 million project is being supported by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, which is providing $700,000.
According to the station, the Martin County town has not been able to afford to take on the project.
“That will directly knock down that project to a point where we can, the town can afford to do this project,” said Shoals Town Council President Cary Albright. “The system was designed in the late ’60s; then it was built in the early seventies. It’s done its course; it’s done a good job for us. It’s beyond repair in a lot of aspects.”
The station reports the funding will be used to replace manholes and reline aging lines throughout the town.
“We have 430 users in the town, and how do you spread out that much over the cost of the project,” said Albright. “The key thing to is, the money for this project, we could not take it out of our tax roll.”
The funds will also be used to replace the main over the river, which was built by the state in the 90s. Three decades later, plastic and metal from the 750-foot forced main is still there.