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Greater Ouachita in negotiations to buy LWC Management Company

Posted: Updated: Jan 23, 2013 06:19 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - LWC Management Company, a water and sewer utility with a troubled history, is on the verge of a buy-out in Ouachita Parish.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission has been working to sell LWC Management Company, for nearly two years and the commission may finally have a buyer for LWC's public water and sewer systems located in Ouachita Parish.

Greater Ouachita Company President Tommy Sparks tells KNOE, negotiations are ongoing to purchase LWC.

Sparks says they are working quickly, hoping to have an announcement within the next six months. LWC has been under fire since president Jeff Pruett was indicted in 2009 and then sentenced to federal prison in 2011 for several clean water act violations.

In past interviews, several LWC customers dealing with poor water quality and bad customer service told KNOE 8 News, the problems didn't end with Pruett's conviction. "The water is milky like, like white milk. We let the water run for 15-20 minutes to see if it will clear up and it never does," said Millhaven Estates resident Larry Shaw.

The buyout could take several neighborhoods off of well water, hopefully clearing up the cloudy appearance of the water.

LWC operates 30 public water and sewer systems in North East Louisiana. The commission is also working to sell the LWC systems outside of the parish.


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