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Construction on new Bossier City water treatment plant to wrap up by end of 2014

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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTBS) -

Construction began in June 2012, and today, the $60 million Red River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bossier City is taking shape.

"What we're trying to do is avoid any issues, and avoid any fines from the EPA in the future."

Though it served the city well for nearly 40 years, city spokesperson Mark Natale says the old plant, built in 1978, has run its course.

It's just one illustration of growth, as well as the undeniable need for updated infrastructure.

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"So you're looking at age. We've had a number of issues with that plant in recent years, including the headworks going down."

 He says the existing plant was only operating about 70 to 80 percent capacity, and that coupled with population growth, meant it was time to turn dirt on a new facility.

"Unfortunately, things break down and you have to replace these infrastructure items."

Once it's up and running, the new plant will be able to treat 12 million gallons of water pumping through it every day, up from the current 8 million gallon capacity.

"It'll be a nice, high-tech, state-of-the-art plant to fill the needs of the city for decades."

Part of that $60 million will be used for upgrades at the Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant on Shed Road.

The city was able to secure bond money, as well as a low-interest Department of Environmental Quality loan to pay for all the work.

The city anticipates doing some online testing during the summer to make sure the facility, which is located on Arthur Ray Teague Parkway, is functioning properly.

If the testing goes well, the plant should be fully operational by the beginning of 2015, and is expected to meet the needs of the city for the next three decades.

The existing old facility will then be shut down and demolished.

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