J. Cumby Construction's Jimmy Richmond, left, and Andrew Jerome review plans for expanding the Sparta water treatment plant. Construction is currently underway and expected to be completed in 2018.

COOKEVILLE – It’s out with the old and in with the new as construction begins on Sparta’s water treatment plant, a project aimed at increasing the city’s supply of finished water.

Cookeville’s J. Cumby Construction has been selected for the construction and replacement of several elements of the plant. The project is divided into two phases, the first of which is currently underway.

“This kind of project requires a high level of experience, coordination and knowledge to ensure there is no interruption of water service,” Justin Cumby, president of J. Cumby Construction, said. “Our team has successfully completed several projects similar to this one in the past, and we’re proud to have been chosen for Sparta’s water plant improvements.”

Phase one includes the construction of a new clear well (a storage tank for treated drinking water), pump room and electrical room, along with the associated piping and controls.

Modifications to the existing clear well, demolition of the existing high-service pumps, new chemical feed systems, modification to the sludge holding tank, and offsite remote terminal unit additions will be completed in phase two.

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“Changes like these are necessary steps for a growing community like Sparta,” Cumby said. “First, the additional clear well will provide an additional half-million gallons of finished water, making it less likely to face a shortage during periods of high demand. Second, the updated systems will make the entire treatment process more efficient, saving time and money for taxpayers.”

Phase one of the construction project is expected to be completed in February 2018, with the second phase slated for completion in June of that year.