CAW MAILER THAT IS BEING SENT TO HOMES
CAW welcomes an opportunity to provide safe and dependable water to residents and businesses in west Pulaski County and around the Ferndale area.
You can get an application at carkw.com. Click on “news” and scroll down to the West Pulaski section. You can also go to the Central Arkansas Water Facebook page for information.
Many of you have signed up for water and paid your deposit, some 10 or more years ago. You are frustrated you have no water yet. That’s understandable, but there is a handful of people that have hung on to keep that hope alive for the Ferndale community. That time has arrived. Give credit where credit is due. John Kapp, Elaine Jones, Marcella Grimmett, Dick Torti, as well as newer board members, JJ Pitman, Jason Rogers, and Scott Ellis have engaged Central Arkansas Water to help get the water pipes in the ground.
There have been two public meetings with Central Arkansas Water CEO Tad Bohannon providing information and answering questions. The burden to the potential customers was disappointing to many because of the high estimated cost.
What was presented as a “worst-case scenario” based on funding known to be available at the time of the meetings. The purpose of this mailer is to open the door a little wider. To get the information that the CAW commissioners need so they can decide to move forward with this project, people who want water need to sign up on CAW applications. If the monthly debt service options are too high for you to consider, write in the most you can pay and sign the form and send it in. You won’t be obligated to take water unless your agreed amount is doable. What have you got to lose, except for the possibility of getting plentiful quality water?
Water infrastructure supports every facet of our daily lives there is no doubt that water is an important part of our lives. Each day we use 50 to 100 gallons of water in our homes for direct consumption, washing dishes and clothes, bathing, and flushing the toilet. It is hard for some to imagine not being able to get a glass of water, do a load of laundry, or shower without thinking twice. Or take a drink of tap water without a constant taste or odor issue.
Central Arkansas Water is a water system that serves a population of approximately 450,000. We have 125,000 residential, commercial, industrial, and master-metered customers in Pulaski, Saline, and Grant counties. Our utility currently is a core partner in a regional initiative to secure a future source for the entirety of Central Arkansas, an area with a population of more than 750,000 people. The utility’s direct service boundaries encompass the cities and communities of:
Little RockNorth Little RockAlexanderBrushy Island Public Water AuthorityCammack VillageCollege StationSherwoodWrightsville145th Street Water & Sewer Improvement District Un-incorporated Pulaski CountyIn addition, CAW provides all of the treated water supply for the cities of Shannon Hills and Bryant in Saline County and Ridgefield EstatesPublic Facilities Board. We also provide supplemental supply to the city of Jacksonville, whose service area includes Little Rock Air Force Base in Pulaski County; the city of Cabot in Lonoke County; the community of Salem in Saline County; Sardis Water Association Public Water Authority (which serves parts of Saline and Grant counties); North Pulaski Water Works Association (which serves parts of Faulkner County), and Woodland Hills.
THIS IS THE LIST OF ROADS THAT ARE CURRENTLY PART OF THE PROPOSED WATER SERVICE AREA. IF YOUR ROAD iS NOT ON THIS LIST AND YOU WANT WATER PLEASE COME TO ONE OF THE DROP-IN OPPORTUNITIES AT THE FERNDALE EXTENSION CENTER BUILDING:
Bald Eagle Dr
Bear Creek Lane
Broad Hawk Cir
Ferndale Cut Off
Four H Way
Hawk Mtn Tr
Top Hill Rd
Witness Tree Ln
FIRST DROP-IN DATES FOR QUESTIONS AND SIGN UP at EHC Building:
Saturday Nov 16th noon-4pm
Wednesday Nov 20th 4-6pm
Saturday Dec 7th 11:30am-3:30pm
Installing service lines from the meter to the house It will be the responsibility of the property owner to have the line put in from the meter to their house. That is not part of getting a water meter placed on your property. The ditch for the water line to the house can be dug by anyone. But state plumbing law requires the water line to be installed by the homeowner or a licensed plumber using an approved pipe.
The specifications for the pipe will be made available. Particulars on service line installation recommendations and requirements can be directed to New Service at CAW by calling (501) 377-1202 or (501) 377-1203
Preliminary Timeframe for Project Dec 31, 2019-Last day to submit applications and pay the deposit (after this date you will potentially have to pay an additional connection fee) January 2020– Begin the process to set up Financing Complete Engineering design by the end of 2020 so that advertising for construction bids can go out by January 2021. Bid opening would be 30 days later. Construction to begin within 90 days of bid opening to allow a contractor to order materials and have equipment on site. Construction should be completed in 18 months or less. The completion of engineering design includes submitting plans to the Arkansas Department of Health for approval and completing environmental studies.
1. Water will come into Ferndale through one of three ties on points: Stewart Rd/Burlingame Rd; a northern point off Ferndale Cut Off: from Paron at the Saline/Pulaski county line. There are plans to bring a water line through Fletcher Hollow.
2. It is likely that some development will come to Ferndale if the water is available. Any developer/contractor will have to pay their share of water system costs to tie on to the system residents are paying for. As new homeowners purchase/build homes, they too will help pay back the debt. This will shorten the length of time debt service has to be paid or reduce the monthly payment.
3. For those who want to stop the water from coming, you won’t. You might delay it, but you won’t stop it. If you choose not to sign up, fine, it costs you nothing and your neighbors that NEED it can have it. Your property value goes up and the fire department has ready access to water to better save life and property. However, if you try to block it, it will eventually be taken out of your hands and you will be hit with a special improvement tax on your tax bill for something you are not using. The further down the road the construction of the water line is pushed, the higher the cost.
4. Wells WILL NOT be condemned if the water line is put in. It is encouraged to keep a well for livestock and gardens. If you choose to dig a well, it’s your property, your choice. The only limitation is you cannot connect your metered water with your well water, as this is considered a cross-connection that has the potential of contaminating the system.
5. If a home in Ferndale with metered water service has the water turned off, such as moving or death, the debt service payment stops when water service stops. The debt service payment resumes when water service resumes. The payments do not accumulate. If you were to go back to your well, you would no longer make debt payments.
6. If you have already signed up on WPPWA forms and paid your deposit, at this point, WPPWA still has both. If you want water, you need to sign up on a CAW agreement and acknowledge what the highest debt service payment you are able/willing to pay. It is by the CAW agreements that the CAW board will decide if they will move forward with the project. If want a refund of your deposit, you need to contact Elaine Jones with a written request for that refund.
7. If an easement on your property is required for the waterline, any disturbance of property is to be restored to as close to original condition as possible. Your willingness to donate the easement for the line will hold down overall costs on the project. You will be able to use and enjoy your property as you always have with the exception of putting a fence directly over the water line or placing a permanent structure on it.
8. There are no roads being left off the plans at this time. Service to each side road will be determined by the number of customers that sign up on each road. If there is one customer at the end of a one-mile road, service is not likely unless more requests on that road are received.y unless more requests on that road are received.9. Please note that there are going to be opportunities to ask questions, pick up forms and sign up at various times at the EHC building. Signs will be posted out front to let people know of dates and times. It will be a chance to ask questions one-on-one. Rather than rely on hearsay, please come in and get a real answer. We want you to make an informed decision, not one based on the rumor mill.