Residents of the small town of St. Joseph in Tensas parish are soaked with joy over a new water system that went on-line today. Governor John Bel Edwards was in St. Joseph to cut the ribbon on the badly needed facility. Shauna Sanford is the Governor's communications director.
"For more than a decade this community has had to deal with discolored water and it was brought to Governor Edwards' attention immediately upon taking office and he said this is something we have to do something about."
St. Joseph has experienced major water problems for more than a decade due to a poorly maintained water distribution system. "Every community deserves to have clean, clear, safe drinking water on a consistent basis," says Sanford. "He (Governor Edwards) made a promise to the people of St. Joseph and it has come to pass, it's a great day."
The new water system has 75,400 feet of new water lines. 525 new electronic meters and 125 new fire hydrants. The project was funded with nearly 8 million dollars in capital outlay funds and a 600,000 dollar Delta Regional Authority grant.