New sewer plant under construction soon
PLAQUEMINE - Officials say construction on a $12 million state-of-the-art sewer plant in this city could begin as early as this week.
Mayor Mark Gulotta says the existing plant, built in 1960, was built to treat about 1 million gallons of wastewater a day but has been taking in more than 1 million gallons a day for some time.
The new plant will be built outside the city limits on 17 acres of land in a cane field along La. Highway 1 that the city purchased a few years ago.
The city is using about $6 million in Hurricane Gustav Recovery Funds to pay for the project with the remaining costs financed by a 20-year, low-interest loan from the Department of Environmental Quality.