John Akers on Sparta’s Water System Improvements

John Akers on Sparta’s Water System Improvements

The Town of Sparta, NC, has faced challenges to making needed improvements to its water system, including raising rates, changing mindsets, and educating the public and Town council. To overcome these hurdles and accomplish its goals, the Town has taken advantage of as many funding sources as possible and opportunities to improve its system in conjunction with other projects. John Akers, PE traces the history of Sparta’s water system, beginning 10 years ago when the Town relied exclusively on wells and charting its course through the creation of the Virginia–Carolina Water Authority and the construction of a surface water treatment plant on the New River. He will also discuss the current capital improvement plan for Sparta’s water system, which includes the future replacement of a nearly 80-year-old elevated tank and the Town’s oldest water lines, as well as upgrading the meter system with an automated read system.

John Akers, PE is a Utilities Project Manager who specializes in water treatment plant upgrades, wastewater treatment, sewer collection, water distribution, grading and erosion control plans, stormwater and watershed protection plans and site and roadway plans, studies, preliminary engineering reports, and software modeling. He has worked with the Town of Sparta for the past ten years in various capacities.

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