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|Ferriday may build new water plant|
Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin said today the town "should be pumping good water in two or three months and off the boil order," while plans are now being developed to build a new water plant at the location of the old water plant.
"The plan is to build a new plant," said McGlothin, who met with a number of government officials in Alexandria on Tuesday to discuss Ferriday's water situation. "We're going to continue work to get the current plant open while at the same time looking at plans to build a new plant. Our long-range plan is to drill new wells, maybe closer to Vidalia to get under that Mississippi River alluvium."
He said the present water source will be abandoned: "We're going to get the hell out of Old River."
In the meantime, McGlothin said new tanks will be built at the present plant. Funding of $1.2 million has been obtained for emergency work, including a $750,000 USDA grant, a $250,000 grant from the state and $200,000 from Walmart.
"This will not be money thrown away because these tanks will be used once the new plant is built," said McGlothin. "I hope these rumors going around that we're going to give away the water plant will cease and desist. We never said we were going to give away the water plant."
He said the meeting Tuesday with USDA and other officials was designed "to formulate a plan."
Four options were on the table, said the mayor -- build a new plant, expand the present plant and continue to use Old River as a water source, drill new wells or obtain water from Concordia Water Works.
"We decided on the new plant," McGlothin said, "and are looking at drilling wells. Concordia Water can't service us."
The Rural Water Association of Louisiana will "come next week to do a rate study and testing on all the water lines," said McGlothin. "We've been fixing leaks and hopefully we'll get some new water lines and roll it into one good project. We may get 75 percent of funding for our new plant in grants."
Engineer Bryant Hammett has agreed to "be the engineer on the new plant, said McGlothin, while the long-range plan also includes building new lines, new meters in increments and other upgrades.
Attending the meeting Tuesday were USDA Community Programs Director Richard Hoffpauir, Corey Young and Karen Nardini of USDA, Sen. Neil Riser, representatives of Sen. David Vitter, Sen. Mary Landrieu and Congressman Rodney Alexander, Bryant Hammett and other state officials.
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