Mayor Derral Jones revealed plans for a new water tower during last week’s meeting.

The project is out for bid, but the planned tower is estimated to cost around $1 million, including piping. It will be able to hold 300,000 gallons, 50,000 more than the current tower, which will stay open.

The new tower will be located southwest of the Frost Road exit off Interstate 12. The area “has been sort of a weak point” in terms of water pressure, Jones said. The tower is also strategically located to serve thirsty customers expected to locate to the area.

“It’s a business sense kind of thing,” the mayor said of the construction project.

The town’s water system is a money maker, and new developments south of the interstate will need service.

Two industrial sites — Epic Piping and an unnamed warehouse distribution center — are already in the works, and Jones said there are also talks of putting a 30-lot subdivision farther south on Frost Road.

While working to provide water service south of Livingston, Jones said he doesn’t plan to absorb any of the land into the town because it would be “a fire protection nightmare.”

In other business, Jones announced the town had been given a truck and chemical spraying rig from the parish’s defunded mosquito abatement program. He said spraying would begin within a month. Officials haven’t determined how much the program will cost but will spray until the end of the year and evaluate whether and how to continue.

Denham Springs leaders had previously announced they had been gifted spraying equipment from the shuttering parish program, and Jones said Walker and Albany also have received equipment donations.

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