Tentative deal made to buy water system in Donaldsonville
DONALDSONVILLE- Ascension Parish government has reached an agreement in principle with Peoples Water Service Co. to buy its water operations in Donaldsonville for $5.9 million.
If the deal goes through, officials say the parish plans to inject another $5 million in upgrades to the water system,
After months of negotiations, Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez says the company and parish officials were able to agree on a number between the parish's earlier offer of $5 million and Peoples Water's most recent price of $7.5 million.
The Peoples Water purchase would give the parish a centrally located, 3 million-gallon-per-day water plant and disinfection system on the Mississippi River with excess capacity and would allow the parish to stop buying and piping in water from neighboring parishes.