Members of the Arkansas Waterways Commission awarded $180,000 to the Helena Harbor to improve water supply lines at the site in anticipation of a new water tower.

The announcement was made late Friday by John Edwards, general counsel and economic development officer for the Helena-West Helena/Phillips County Port Authority. The notification, said Edwards, was received Wednesday (Oct. 11).

Members of the Arkansas Waterways Commission awarded $180,000 to the Helena Harbor to improve water supply lines at the site in anticipation of a new water tower.

The announcement was made late Friday by John Edwards, general counsel and economic development officer for the Helena-West Helena/Phillips County Port Authority. The notification, said Edwards, was received Wednesday (Oct. 11).

Edwards reported that this funding complements funding for the water tower by the Delta Regional Authority awarded on Oct. 4. The Arkansas Waterways Commission investment will be part of a funding package that will culminate in the construction of a 500,000-gallon water tower at the Helena Harbor site.

“Funding for this project will be used to increase the size of the existing water lines to support the current expansion of the Enviro Tech facility and future customers,” commented Edwards.

William Quiney, III president of the Port Authority's board of directors praised the efforts of the Waterways Commission and its new executive director Deidre Smith for their support in making this investment possible.

“We are honored by the confidence Chairman Paul Latture and members of the Arkansas Waterways Commission have placed on us and we deeply appreciate their support,” stated Quiney.

Edwards reported that the engineering work for the supply lines will get underway later this fall. The project will be put out for public bid in early 2018.

Edwards also acknowledged the efforts of Smith.

“She may have been in the executive director's job a few months, but Deidre Smith hit the ground running,” stated Edwards.