TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – Tyler City Council recently approved an engineering contract for a 12,000 linear 16-inch diameter water line extension at the John Souls Foods plant on FM 14.
The water line will provide retail water services to the plant which will make it a major Tyler water utility industrial customer with an average monthly water demand of between 12 and 15 million gallons.
The John Souls Foods plant is located outside the city limits of Tyler and is currently serviced by Southern Utilities. The company formally requested water services from Tyler Water Utility in October 2021, and in December 2023 worked through an independent agreement with Southern Utilities to disconnect from the service.
“The expansion of the water line gives the plant the flexibility to expand its activities in the future,” said project manager Nicky Ingram. “It supports our local economy, increases water sales and we will pick customers along the route for greater development on the northern edge of Tyler.”
The water line will start at Loop 323 and Highway 69, before and then north on FM 14.
A future contract for the construction of the water line project will be advertised in March 2023 and construction will begin in May 2023. The city is currently working on an initial alignment and simplification acquisition. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $ 3 million for a primary engineer.
TWU estimates that it will take three to five years for TWU to generate revenue for the water line. John Soules Foods will be charged 1.5 times the normal rate for TWU water service due to the location of the plant outside the city limits of Tyler. The project is funded by the TWU Capital Fund and the American Rescue Plan Act.
KLTV contacted 7 Souls Foods to find out why it was decided to change the water supplier. We have been told that the person was traveling with that answer. Calls to Southern Utilities were also not returned as of press time.
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