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Haughton receives low interest loan for wastewater improvement project

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DEQ Deputy Sec Dr. Vladimir Appeaning, Sen. Robert Adley, DEQ Sec. Peggy Hatch,  Haughton Mayor Carlton "PeeWee" Anderson and Rep. Henry Burns DEQ Deputy Sec Dr. Vladimir Appeaning, Sen. Robert Adley, DEQ Sec. Peggy Hatch, Haughton Mayor Carlton "PeeWee" Anderson and Rep. Henry Burns
The town of Haughton received a $3 million low interest loan to assist with costs associated with their wastewater improvement project. The town of Haughton received a $3 million low interest loan to assist with costs associated with their wastewater improvement project.
HAUGHTON, La. -

A Bossier Parish town is investing in their future with the aid of a low interest loan from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The town of Haughton received a $3 million check to assist with costs associated with their wastewater improvement project.

The funds will be used to update the infrastructure of water, sewage treatment & disposal.

State Representative Henry Burns tells KTBS 3 News that the 1% interest loans from the DEQ are highly competitive and several key players helped the town secure the loan.

Town officials say construction of a new waste water treatment facility is currently underway. The growth of the town has led to strenuous demands on the water system.

Rep. Burns says Haughton is fortunate to receive such a low interest loan. Typically, the rates for such projects start at 4% or 5%, which can significantly raise costs. Burns says those additional expenses then get passed along to residents.

Dr. Vladimir Appeaning, Deputy Secretary of DEQ, says the decision to upgrade is a smart move for the environment and great for economic development; the new infrastructure is expected to help with job creation.

Dr. Appeaning says in the last six years DEQ has committed to 133 similar projects in 55 parishes across the state of Louisiana.

A completion date for the wastewater treatment plant has not yet been released.

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