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|'Good water' expected for Ferriday by Monday|
A filter to replace the non-working filter in the Town of Ferriday water plant should be here Friday and Ferriday should have good water by Monday, according to Mayor Glen McGlothin.
"We had to order the filter from Rhode Island," McGlothin said. "And they had trouble getting it shipped because of the storm."
He said through a shipping error the filter was routed to another location -- Turkey -- before the error was caught and the shipment rerouted.
"You just can't make this stuff up," McGlothin said. "If something is going to happen, it is going to happen to us."
To deal with the continuing crisis, McGlothin urged Ferriday residents to conserve their water.
"We have a lot of people watering their lawns and wasting water," McGlothin said. "We need to save it for emergencies."
The Town of Ferriday has been under a boil water notice since August 18.
McGlothin met with the USDA Tuesday and JCP Management is expected to be named the operator for the new water plant to be built for Ferriday.
"As soon as they are approved we can get started on building the new plant," McGlothin said.
McGlothin said the tanks at the water plant have been filled to a level that should last through the weekend. Water supply is occasionally interrupted, he said, as workers backwash the system.
The Ferriday Board of Aldermen met Sunday in an emergency meeting to address the water problems.
The Office of Homeland Security has provided 32 water buffaloes in Ferriday. The Louisiana Rural Water Association is assisting in locating the cause for the low water pressure.
The town is also seeking grants to make filter repairs and looking to repair as man leaks as possible.
Ferriday had previously secured a $5 million grant and $1.4 million loan from USDA for the new water plant.
Ferriday High's home football game with Natchez on Friday will still be played at Melz Field in Ferriday.
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