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Regional water system may cost you, hear from leaders Wednesday

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Caddo and Bossier Parishes' water may be broken up into 3 districts (source: KTBS) Caddo and Bossier Parishes' water may be broken up into 3 districts (source: KTBS)
SHREVEPORT - BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTBS) -

Both Caddo and Bossier Parishes have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a regional water study that's nearly complete.

The study is meant to solve water woes in the area by providing interconnected and plentiful water sources. Five options that create such a system, and ultimately may raise some water bills, have been drawn up. Now, public works wants your input on what option should be implemented. They'll hold a public presentation Wednesday.

All five options break-up Caddo and Bossier parishes into three, water districts or zones; the north, middle and south. In nearly every option, each zone gets its own main water source with new infrastructure, creating a network of water pipes between parishes. Some options call for each network to be connected. Ken Ward, who manages the study for both parishes, says the idea of a single, centralized water source like the Red River alone is no longer considered necessary

"The deal is that we want to be able to provide plentiful, economical and safe drinking water, whether it's centralized in one place or not," Ward said. "Honestly, I don't want it centralized. What if something happens in the Red River that makes the plants shutdown? We can fall back to Caddo Lake."

Ward stresses that these plans aren't active. The Caddo Commission and Bossier Police Jury haven't approved to implement one yet. Public works is waiting for public opinion before presenting a plan. However, Ward already favors option five, which builds a $50 million  water plant along the red river in the south zone.

"I think that the public will see too that the plant in the south part of the parish is very feasible," Ward said. "it's doable and is very cost effective."

Ward says wells in South Caddo and Bossier Parishes are still at risk of becoming unusable. The plant would provide plentiful surface water throughout those areas. The new infrastructure for the plant, along with the other options, will cost millions. Ward admits consumers will see an increase in their water bills.

"In the meantime, there's a benefit to that," he said. "You're gaining high quality water at really reasonable price."

Ward says how much bills will rise will be largely based on usage. The public presentation  will be held Wednesday from 3 PM to 8 PM at the Bossier Civic Center. Each option will be displayed and the public will have a chance to explore each one. If you'd like to see the options before, follow this link to the Caddo Public Works' web site.

 

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