AMITE — Customers of the Tangipahoa Water District will be paying slightly more for their water in the coming months to help finance extensive improvements to the system that serves most of the parish’s rural residents.
The Parish Council on Monday approved a resolution authorizing the water district to sell $5 million in bonds to cover the cost of improving and extending the system.
Gary Clark, manager of the water district, said customers will see an approximate 5 percent rise in their water bills once the bonds have been delivered and improvements are being made. Clark said customers now pay $11 for the first 3,000 gallons of water they use and $2.08 for any additional 1,000 gallons used each month.
Tangipahoa Water District serves about 18,000 customers, he said.
Clark told the council that the first problem to be addressed will be elimination of manganese in the water now being delivered in the Bedico area in the southeast corner of the parish. He said manganese discolors the water, and customers find the water distasteful. Clark said a filtering system will be placed on the Bedico wells to eliminate the problem at a cost of approximately $1 million.
A new well will be drilled and a new water tank will be installed in the Kentwood area to serve customers on the northern end of the parish, Clark said. Councilman Greg Varnado said customers there also have complained about a manganese problem with the water. Clark said the new well will be drilled in different strata in another aquifer to provide for high-quality water.
He also said about 10 miles of new lines will be installed in the Loranger area in the east-central part of the parish to meet a growing demand for water service in the rapidly developing area.