Southwest Allen Parish Water District 2 getting new improvements with $4 million loan

Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 at 4:38 PM CST
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ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) - For years, the residents in Southwest Allen Parish have dealt with problems from their water system. After more than 11 months of waiting, the water district has finally received funding to fix those problems.

“Everyone consumes this water. Everyone uses this water,” Water District 2 Manager Adam Sonnier said.

The Southwest Allen Parish Water District 2 provides water to Fenton, Iowa, Kinder, Coushatta, and the Allen Parish Correction Center. Since the framework was built in the late 70’s, the water district has problems sending water to the outskirts of their system.

“It was never designed to accommodate this many people and so, there are a lot of lines that are undersized, which in turn lowers the amount of water pressure by lowing the volume,” Sonnier said.

The low pressure causes the district to draw water from a well that has a high volume of material left over from the disinfection process.

"The state has introduced new regulations to where the disinfectant by product level can only be a certain amount," Sonnier said.

When the water surpasses that level, the water district has to issue boil advisories. While the state says the water is safe to drink, it’s unknown if there will be adverse reactions in the years to come. That’s why Sonnier says they are looking to fix the problems.

"We are generally concerned with the quality of the water. We drink this and our kids drink this,” Sonnier said.

With a new $4 million loan, the district will improve water pressure and reduce contaminates within the water. Construction has already begun the one of four places.

“With the rain that we have been having, people can expect to have a lot of mud on the roads. And if you see these areas where they are working, please slow down,” Sonnier said. “There will be some interruptions that will cause boil advisories.”

To help repay the loan, the state offices have mandated a raise in customer prices.

“It’s gonna be a 26 percent increase, which sounds like a lot, but our flat rate for the first 2,000 gallons is $11, so it’s gonna go up to about $16,” Sonnier said.

In the grand scheme, Sonnier says the price increase will be worth not having these problems in the future.

Construction will last about a year, but during that time, the Southwest Allen Parish Water District 2 is asking for the public’s patience.

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