News 2 Investigates: Sewer mistreatment
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 right to have clean water," said Warren Curtis. "They do not have the right to dump raw sewage into this canal that goes all the way down to the Amite River."
Department of Environmental Quality records obtained by the News 2 Investigative Unit show documented wastewater sewage violations going back as far as 2006.
The state has issued compliance orders to correct these violations. One company, Mo-Dad Utilities, is operating their facilities under violations in six parishes. The company is allowed to collect fees, and continue to clean water in unsuitable conditions.
"We want them to do it right," said DEQ Spokesman Rodney Mallet. "Sure they can get it done in a week or two if they do it with duct tape and paper clips."
Mo-Dad has sold off some of its 140 treatment facilities to Livingston Parish Sewer District 2. Any repairs to those facilities will be the responsibility of the new owner, even though DEQ cited Mo-Dad for almost seven years of violations.
The News 2 Investigative Unit will be following the actions of state agencies and Mo-Dad as this story unfolds.