To meet increasing demands on its water distribution system, Jackson County undertook a large-scale development initiative funded by a Special Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST). This initiative consisted of numerous prioritized and as-needed projects including water main extensions, pump station upgrades, and miscellaneous system improvements.
Prime Engineering, Inc. first worked with Jackson County under the SPLOST initiative, providing survey and design services (including aerial and GPS survey, full detailed design, construction documentation, permitting, bidding assistance, and construction administration) to design and construct over 130 miles of water distribution system. Construction was slated to occur within existing right-of-ways, using SPLOST and bond funding; however, existing right-of-ways were often contradictory or nonexistent. Therefore, Prime conducted detailed investigations of courthouse records to assess and pinpoint right-of-ways. Once right-of-ways were determined, Prime designed waterline routes, then reviewed these routes with each property owner prior to construction.