Bossier Parish has acquired $45 million to build a sewer treatment facility that'll service the parish's rural residents. Often, subdivisions and businesses use small, independently owned systems, which parish officials believe aren't suitable for the area's growing population and pose environmental risks. The parish has bought up several of those systems and bids to construct the plant were made in August.
After ten years of planning, Bossier will construct the facility just between Benton and Bossier City. It'll be designed to handle the parish's growth, service 5,000 to 7,000 people and treat three millions of gallons of waste water a day. The plant will replace privately owned sewer systems and oxidation ponds, which keep water and sewage bills cheap. Parish engineer Butch Ford says residents will see their bills increase.
"We're building a plant and pumping it with a collection system," Ford said. "To, it's going to be a little bit higher. We wanted our rates to be in the $30 to $40 range. The average, right now is running about $40. We're just fine with that rate. We think it's affordable."
Ford says money to build the plant and the infrastructure that'll connect it to the Haughton area comes from three sources. $15 million dollars comes from the state's capital outlay fund. $18 million comes from a DEQ, low interest loan. $12 million comes from a traditional loan taken by the parish. Ford adds construction bids put the plant over budget but officials are trying to lower the price.
"We're meeting with the contractor to see what we can do and the designer to see what we can do," Ford said.
Ford still expects to break ground on the project soon.
"I'm hoping the contractor is able to get started here in November," Ward said.
Not only will the plant be constructed but around 10 miles of pipes that'll carry raw sewage across the parish will, as well. Ford says the pipes will have thick walls and won't pose an environmental danger.
"We have a pump station," Ford said. "It will pump directly from the Haughton area, straight into this plant. So, there won't be any chance that anything will happen to that. It's being properly designed."
Ford says the plant will house a sewage treatment system that'll product very little odor. He expects it to be complete in the first quarter of 2015.
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