OPPJ Says They Can't Help Sterlington With Lawsuit Against Greater Ouachita Water

Monroe, La (KNOE 8 News) - The growing number of homes and businesses in Sterlington means the Town needs more water. Right now it gets water from Greater Ouachita Water, which is looking for a buyer.

As of Friday the company told the Town it's not able to service the Towns growing population.

As a result Sterlington wants to build its own plant, but the Town doesn't have the money to buy the existing water lines. Attorney Bryan Racer whose representing Sterlington says the best option is to re-work the deal.

"The town is committed to building this water treatment plant, the first and most preferable is that we get the deal done."

Tonight Sterlington tried getting help from the Police Jury who says they can't help.

"We don't have the ability or the authority to regulate Greater Ouachita or put any pressure on them to move forward."

Another plan would have some sub divisions on a separate Sterlington water system and keep the rest of the town on Greater Ouachita, but Caldwell say's that's unnecessary.

"All this is feasible but it is extremely tedious work and would drag this out when it doesn't have to be that way."

For now Racer is piecing together another proposal to get help from the Police Jury.

The cost of the project is about 9.5 million dollars.