Residents along Wells Island Road don't have to use an emergency water tank any longer. However, the fix restoring their running water won't last forever. Caddo officials are rushing to fund a solution.
"DHH has given us 6 months," project manager Ken Ward said. "On June 20th, we turn that water line off."
Ward says to build a new water line will cost $265,000. He says the residents and businesses along Wells Island may have to pay 90 percent of the cost. Caddo Parish will pay 10 percent. He assures residents have payment plan options.
"They can one, pay for it up front, pay the parish back in installments, or do nothing and allow whatever their installments are to be taxed and file a lien against the property," Ward said.
He says that means residents wouldn't have to pay now but only if they sell their property. As for just keeping the current water infrastructure, Ward informs it isn't up to city or parish standards.
"The infrastructure in place, we don't know exactly what it is," he said. "From what we understand, some of it is 50 years old."
Ward says Caddo Commissioners are discussing ways to increase the percentage of money the parish can pay for the new water lines.