Construction underway for Springfield water system
SPRINGFIELD - Springfield, the oldest town in Livingston Parish, has started construction on its own water system.
The current water system run by French Settlement Water Company does not reach all 500 residents in Springfield. The people who are left out rely on wells to get water. Some residents in Springfield say they avoid using water from the current system.
"It has a smell to it sometimes, kind of a bleachy chlorine smell, and once in a while it's a little bit dirty," said resident Elbert Loper Jr. "I kind of let the faucets run and hope it clears up. It usually clears up after a half a day, so I go get some bottled water and wash my mouth out."
Construction on Springfield first-ever water system is underway. Contractors are laying pipe along Highway 22 and plan to finish the project by the end of February. Construction could be complete as early as the end of the year.
Springfield Mayor Charles Martin says the town will tie the new system into a well that is owned by Livingston Parish. The town plans to drill its own well by the middle of next year when town leaders find land for the well. Money for the well is already in place.
"This will allow growth for our future," said Martin. "Any subdivisions or businesses will now have water service along with sewer service to provide for a cleaner brighter future."
The $1.2 million project for the new water system was paid through the state's Capital Outlay Fund.