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CPPJ approves plans for community water line in District 10

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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Getting community water in all rural areas of Calcasieu Parish is something parish officials have worked on for many years. 

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury approved the controversial plans for a water line near McCowen and Boys Village roads at the jury meeting on Thursday.

Now that the engineering plans have been approved, they will be submitted for full approval and the CPPJ will start looking for bids.

"I think it's a public safety issue. Safe drinking water, fire protection, and it's just the reason why I think it's important is I think it's improving Calcasieu Parish," CPPJ Juror Tony Stelly of District 10 said.

And even though the petition for the water line received 60 percent of residents' of McCown and Boys Village signatures, not all the residents are in favor of the community water line.

Some say it's a cost burden, it's not better water and they don't want it.

One resident said the community water has a bad smell to it, while his well water tastes just fine.

"This is a 50 percent increase you're asking us to pay in the midst of all the inflated things we have to buy anyway," said another resident.

"I don't have $3,000 to pay. I surely don't want to pay over 20 years $20 and pay $4,800 for water that I don't want," said another resident from the area. 

The project is more than 50 percent funded through the police jury and gaming funds. Stelly said the project is estimated at a total cost close to $700,000. He believes the water line is needed in this area and needed across the parish.

"I certainly hope that we can look for the future to get safe drinking water," Stelly said. "I can assure you there are places in areas in my district that would gladly pay that money for drinking water."

Stelly said he expects construction to begin sometime in February 2013, if everything goes accordingly.

See more reaction from residents in the story reported from Nov. 14. 

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