Thursday, April 9, 2015
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – After many months of meetings by the Water Infrastructure Committee completing conceptual engineering for the LaPlace and Reserve water systems, Parish President Natalie Robottom convened a workshop with the committee and Parish Council members to discuss possible options and funding opportunities to move these projects forward.
While the Reserve water system currently produces up to 3 million gallons of water per day (MGD) from the Mississippi River, $11 million in upgrades are needed to remain within design limits of a 3 MGD plant, provide redundancy, and remain in compliance with state and federal drinking water guidelines. Using the Mississippi River as the water source, a new $34 million water system for LaPlace is needed to prevent 36,000 residents from losing water during high water events, hurricanes and breaks in the transmission line from Ruddock. Use of the Mississippi River as a source also provides a safer environment for employees at night and during emergencies. The new LaPlace Water Source from the Mississippi River would increase the treatment capacity in LaPlace from 5 MGD to 7 MGD.
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at REGALA Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m. to present the Water Infrastructure Committee’s recommendations and options. Residents will be asked to participate in a survey to provide input for this critical project.
The Parish Water Infrastructure Committee includes representatives from parish Administrative staff, the Utilities Department, the Parish Engineer, Digital Engineering & Imaging Inc. and CDM Smith. The committee was charged with evaluating existing water systems and developing short, intermediate and long-range action plans. Within the last year, the Utilities Department has installed a 12-inch connection to the St. Charles Parish water system for emergencies, televised and inspected well casing of Well #2 at Ruddock, completed a pump replacement and pump rehabilitation at Well #2 in Ruddock, replaced altitude valves at four elevated storage tanks, installed a second waterline connection on River Road in Reserve, and is currently installing a 12 inch waterline under the Mississippi River.