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  • Request to spend more on pump stations not unusual, officials say

    April 27, 2016 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite asking city leaders to approve a four-percent increase in cost and nearly a year of additional work, engineers of the city's $1.2 billion sewer upgrade say the project is on budget and on time. Wednesday, the SSO asked the Metro Council to approve spending $859,659... more »
  • Crews spent Wednesday covering sinkhole

    February 10, 2016 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction crews spent Wednesday covering a sinkhole that developed in a parking lot along Bluebonnet a day earlier. The sinkhole nearly swallowed a FedEx truck and briefly closed the busy highway near Highland Road. The truck was towed out and the sink hole was fenced off... more »
  • Sewer fees to rise for East Baton Rouge Parish customers

    January 4, 2016 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The cost of water consumption is on the rise in East Baton Rouge Parish. The 4 percent increase in residents' sewer bills began on Jan. 1 with the funding going toward financing a federally mandated sewer system overhaul. It's the 13th consecutive year, residents have seen... more »
  • Ascension council seeks private group to create sewer system

    September 14, 2015 7:44 AM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish Council is expected to recommend late this year what team of engineers and financiers should design, build and operate a $300 million to $500 million regional sewer system. The partnership with the parish would last for the next three decades. Parish officials say advertisements asking for... more »
  • Sewer improvements might prevent overflowing Play Video

    September 1, 2015 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Public Works' SSO Program is taking an active approach in dealing with overflowing sewers. Crews with the Department of Environmental Services are installing sewer overflow alarms and tracking systems in about 20 manholes around the parish. These systems could help make flooding a... more »
  • Sewer pump station needs fixes regularly Play Video

    August 18, 2015 6:29 PM

    WATSON - Leaking sewer pumps and noise are causing headaches for a handful of people in Livingston Parish who live on Cedar Ridge Court in Watson. Two pumps are right in between two houses, and residents in those homes are tired of the problems. "It's very obnoxious. It vibrates the... more »
  • Landlords file sewage claims with city of Baton Rouge Play Video

    June 25, 2015 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four apartment owners whose sewer lines were backed up in April are waiting for a settlement from the city of Baton Rouge to cover the damage it caused, a situation that's also causing red ink to overflow in the city's budget. Since 2006 the city-parish has... more »
  • Water to be cut off for residents delinquent on sewer fees Play Video

    May 28, 2015 6:27 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Residents who are delinquent on their sewer user fees will find their taps running dry on July 1. Mayor Lionel Johnson said he's given residents in the city fair warning. Over the past few years, the Investigative Unit has showed you unpaid sewer fees have accounted for... more »
  • Asphalt mishap complicates sewer work Play Video

    May 15, 2015 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As people were driving home Thursday night, they were greeted with an unwelcome construction blunder. The Department of Public Works says a contractor working along Beverly Drive off Government Street accidentally pushed asphalt into a manhole. Crews are working to replace sewer lines in the area.... more »
  • Power failure at wastewater plant forced flood Play Video

    April 28, 2015 10:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Monday's deluge turned out to be a test for the city-parish's $1.5 billion sewer project. The storms knocked out power to the South Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Gardere area and left some people nearby in feet of water, forcing them to sludge through the mess.... more »
  • Drivers doubt end is near for LA 73 work Play Video

    March 17, 2015 5:25 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- The construction on LA 73 is nearing an end as the contractor begins working on the roadway. The $15.5 million dollar project was expected to be completed last year, but the deadline was extended because of utility problems and weather delays. "It's been going on and on... more »
  • Cuts likely after utility rate hike veto Play Video

    January 13, 2015 10:19 PM

    BAKER - For the third time Tuesday night, the Baker City Council voted down a proposal to raise water and sewer rates to off-set a budget deficit. Nearly a dozen residents spoke on the issue; some said they were concerned about how the money would be spent if the... more »
  • DPW secures construction site after WBRZ inquiry Play Video

    December 30, 2014 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About a week after a child fell into a hole and drowned, more unsecured holes were spotted around East Baton Rouge Parish. The holes along Claycut Road in mid-city are intended to prepare ground for sewer work. The work activity is utility relocations and adjustments in... more »
  • Heirloom return called a miracle

    November 18, 2014 7:48 PM

    UNION CITY, CA - Sanitation workers found and returned an heirloom diamond ring to a family whose three-year-old son flushed it down a toilet. Crews found the ring last week after it vanished from Munazzar and Mehvish Tapal's house in Union City near San Francisco. Workers flushed some sewer... more »
  • Sewer rates to drop for W. Feliciana residents Play Video

    August 14, 2014 5:25 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A sewage fee is raising a major stink in West Feliciana, and a change could be coming soon. The current sewage system in the parish requires people to pay a $2,400 hookup fee to turn on new service to a location. That's leading some residents to... more »
  • Burbank sewer fix to close lanes all weekend Play Video

    August 1, 2014 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People having sewer problems along Burbank Drive are getting a fix through the weekend. Burbank between Nicholson Drive and Parker Boulevard is down to one lane in both directions while workers fix the sewer system. Workers dug a hole in the middle of the roadway to... more »
  • Sewer work returns to Burbank, lane closures planned

    August 1, 2014 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sewer line construction crews will once again return to Burbank Drive for extra work and close more lanes of the southeast Baton Rouge highway. Beginning Tuesday, August 5, there will be intermittent lane closures from Staring Extension to Lee Drive. Expect closures through Friday, August 15th. The... more »
  • Mystery sewer line problem closes busy street

    July 31, 2014 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Public works crews are likely going to work overnight and into Friday morning trying to make repairs to a mysterious sewer line failure that was discovered earlier Thursday. The work requires demolition to part of Burbank Drive to allow crews to get to the pipes under the... more »
  • Burgin Avenue: a virtual dust bowl Play Video

    July 30, 2014 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Once paved, a piece of Burgin Avenue is now a gravel pit after sewer crews left the road in disrepair for months. The road was torn up to do sewer work, but at least two blocks of the road remain untouched, a headache for people who... more »
  • Sewer water floods elderly residents' apartments Play Video

    July 11, 2014 10:33 PM

    LIVINGSTON- A group of elderly residents in Livingston Parish are living in filth since sewer water continues to flood their apartments due to improperly installed sewer lines and faulty pumps. The latest flood at the Red Oak Apartment complex was blamed on rain and power outages. Residents say they... more »
  • Sewer system comes with cost Play Video

    June 24, 2014 6:13 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... more »
  • Baker council closes tap on water, sewer rate increases

    June 10, 2014 8:49 PM

    BAKER- City leaders refused to increase water and sewer rates at a meeting Tuesday evening. The mayor said the most expensive increase would barely double rates but not everyone would see an increase that high. Water rates would increase between $6 and $8, sewer rates would raise bills about... more »
  • Residents frustrated over proposed rate increase Play Video

    June 3, 2014 9:52 PM

    BAKER - A crowed wasn't shy about sharing their thoughts on proposed utility rate hikes Tuesday night. Hikes to water and sewer services would help balance the city's budget. It is set to have an $800,000 hole. The city council is split on raising the rates, although some leaders... more »
  • Utility rates may rise in Donaldsonville

    March 26, 2014 6:01 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Utility rates in Donaldsonville may rise in the wake of a budget shortfall in the city's sewer department. City Finance Director Sandra Williams says the city's sewer department shows a deficit of $337,000 for the fiscal year through February, caused mostly by transfers from the department to the... more »
  • Sewer problems create smelly situation Play Video

    January 9, 2014 6:11 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - An Ascension Parish woman has been dealing with a stinky situation in her front yard. Mary Fernandez said raw sewage has poured from her sewer lines into her yard for at least two weeks now. "It's disgusting, I'm sick, I used to have friends over here,... more »
  • Utility company asking to double rates Play Video

    November 26, 2013 6:05 PM

    CENTRAL - Residents in five parishes could be facing a rate increase to cover their sewer fee. Mo-Dad Utilities wants the Public Service Commission to approve a rate increase to cover maintenance and repair costs. Many Mo-Dad customers currently pay between $22 and $25 for services. The company is... more »
  • $1.3 billion sewer project to cause traffic snags

    November 11, 2013 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive will have partial lane closures for the next two weeks so crews can repair the road after sewer lines were installed over the summer. The lanes will be fully opened each day during peak hours, 6:30am to 9:30am and 3:30pm to 6:30pm, to allow sufficient... more »
  • Calcasieu scales back sewer proposal

    October 6, 2013 11:01 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will go ahead with a smaller, $110 million plan to expand sewer infrastructure in unincorporated areas and pay for it with revenue from a proposed sales tax, gambling funds and state grants. The American Press reports the plan was scaled back from... more »
  • Ascension may borrow to build sewer system

    September 22, 2013 11:31 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish government will apply for a $60 million loan through a fund overseen by the state Department of Environmental Quality to jump start plans to build a regional sewer system. Parish officials say the loan would pay for a phase of sewage treatment systems in a heavily... more »
  • $1.5 billion BR sewer project isn't aligning in spots Play Video

    August 28, 2013 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The $1.5 billion sewer project in Baton Rouge is on schedule to a January 2015 completion, despite hitting a few snags. Some contractors on the job have to replace large piping after the pipes didn't align properly. "Basically he was coming from both ends, when he... more »
  • Zachary to borrow $5 million more for sewer work

    August 28, 2013 7:41 AM

    ZACHARY - The Zachary City Council has started the process of borrowing up to $5 million for continuing work on the municipal sewer system. According to the resolution adopted by the council Tuesday, the city would pay back the bonds over 22 years and borrow the money at an... more »
  • Stanford road work could be complete next week Play Video

    August 16, 2013 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Relief is on the way for drivers who use Stanford Avenue in Baton Rouge. Construction could wrap up by the middle of next week. Stanford Avenue from S. Lakeshore Drive to Perkins Road is under construction as the city works to smooth out the rough and... more »
  • Ascension probes sewer contract

    August 11, 2013 10:13 AM

    SORRENTO, La. - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating how an unfinished sewer repair project was awarded under a nearly two-year-old emergency order and partially paid for in advance in July 2012. Mayor Mike Lambert and town attorney Matthew Percy tell The Advocate that the Sheriff's Office is probing... more »
  • Busy Baton Rouge road closing again tonight

    July 25, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials plan to close a portion of busy Lee Drive again tonight for sewer work. The closure stretches from Blue Bell Drive to Bennett Drive starting at 7 p.m. tonight. It's expected to reopen Monday at 7 p.m. Drivers are asked to detour along... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Sewer mistreatment Play Video

    July 8, 2013 5:21 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Hundreds of wastewater treatment facilities in Louisiana do not meet the environmental standards imposed by state agencies. People who live near them are proactive about calling state agencies to fix the problems, but say state agencies aren't doing enough to combat the problem. "We have the... more »
  • Big headache this week: Lee Drive lane closures Play Video

    July 5, 2013 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive, a busy corridor connecting south Baton Rouge with the shopping centers on College and eventually I-10 and Mid City, will have lane closures starting today. There will be intermittent lane closures from Boone Avenue to Bluebell Drive from Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m. through... more »
  • West Feliciana sewer system nears completion

    April 19, 2013 10:08 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A $3.8 million project to provide sewer service to a rural area of West Feliciana Parish is nearing completion after a struggle of more than 10 years. Contractors and parish employees tested the sewage treatment portion of the project on Thursday. The new system will serve... more »
  • Owner: It's the end of Brandywine Play Video

    March 5, 2013 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After months of failing to pay for sewer service at Brandywine Apartments, Dr. Stephen Ayers forked over $10,000 as part of an agreement that will keep the water on at the complex for one more month. That month is to allow tenants and owners in the complex... more »
  • Brandywine without water Play Video

    March 4, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Water is shut off at Brandywine Apartments, after the owner failed to pay more than $109,000 in back payments for sewage services. Dr. Stephen Ayers was given a month to pay in full and residents were given a months notice before the shut off. "I worked... more »
  • Buyout deal reached

    January 23, 2013 11:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a buyout plan for a neighborhood on the northern end of the city near a wastewater treatment plant. People who live in University Heights have been asking for a buyout for years. They complain the treatment plant stinks and has ruined their quality of... more »
  • Buyout deferred, no decision by Metro Council

    January 9, 2013 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Another delay in the decision about buying out a group of homes near a wastewater treatment plant off Scenic Highway. The Baton Rouge Metro Council deferred the $6 million buyout Wednesday night. People who live near the plant have said it stinks and is ruining their... more »
  • Metro Council to talk about neighborhood buyout again

    January 8, 2013 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders will discuss a possible buyout for people who live near a wastewater plant in the northern part of Baton Rouge Wednesday. People in University Heights, a neighborhood near Scenic Highway, have said the plant stinks and has ruined their quality of life. The Baton... more »

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