Fix coming for French Settlement water pipe
FRENCH SETTLEMENT - A water company closed a loan Thursday and awarded a contract in order to begin work to replace a problematic pipe in lower Livingston Parish.
The French Settlement Water Company says work to install the new pipe should start in the next few weeks. An old, worn-out pipe underground has caused multiple boil orders this year causing parents to send kids to school with bottled water.
The water company says the new pipe should be installed by the end of February.
"It's a big relief to know that you can bathe your kids, you can drink your water and not have to worry about using bottled water all the time," said resident Brittany Cormier.
French Settlement Water Company will pay for the $150,000 fix, but residents could see higher water rates in the future, according to company president Billy Edrington.
"Anytime you make improvements you can apply for a rate increase to where you can recover those costs, so I would think in time there will be a potential for a rate change," he said. "But they won't see a change just on the day that it's installed."
The water company will also provide valves on each side of the two schools in the area. That will allow the schools to get water if another break happens somewhere else in the system.