Posted: Jun 24, 2014 6:13 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Jun 24, 2014 7:08 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A sewer system that will create a state of the art way to treat waste in Ascension Parish is under construction.
The main trunk line went in today on Highway 73 while crews continue road work. The sewer system will help keep Ascension water clean.
"The fishing and the hunting and the utilization of the waterways, that's who we are, so in order to be responsible we need to protect that, not just for our generation, but for the generation after that, in order to protect it, we have to do something now," said Ken Dawson, Ascension's chief administrative officer.
Neighborhoods and homes near the main line will be required to tie in to the system and that could come at a cost.
Dawson thinks most neighborhoods with newer systems may not see much of a difference, but older systems may have to pay up.
"The ones that are on modad or the private treatment system, septic tanks, they're not accustomed to it, but however, having the ability to connect to a system like that will make sure their sewage is treated properly," said Dawson.
The $60 million project will take some time to finish, but parts of the system could come online as early as next year.
The council will have to vote on the cost for connections and monthly fees.