Online Exclusive: Utilities board faces dirty water problem

April 22, 2013

ROANOKE, Ala. — Jars and jugs filled with samples of the tainted water were brought to the board.

ROANOKE, Ala. — The members of the Roanoke Utilities Board in Roanoke, Ala. faced a situation similar to those experienced in many small communities, customers complained of "dirty water."

Jars and jugs filled with samples of the tainted water were brought to the board. Customers said this dirty water often ruined their clothes and stained their fixtures.

With the economic recession, increasing operational costs and significant number of customer complaints, the Board was in a perfect storm.

The Board asked AME Engineers of Montgomery, Alabama to assess the problem and make recommendations. AME then recommended developing and implementing a flushing program.

The Board proactively mapped the locations of complaints and existing water lines in the area. They determined a specific project area and scope. The total cost of the project was approximately $3 million. The $3 million project was financed using USDA funding with a 42 percent grant and a long-term loan.

After thorough research, AME chose the Team InsertValve for this special project.

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