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Greater Ouachita to close on LWC deal this month

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News has learned that Greater Ouachita Water will close on a deal to purchased LWC water company this month.

The purchase, was confirmed by Ouachita Police Jury Member Pat Moore. Greater Ouachita CEO Tommy Sparks says the company is in the final stages of buying LWC, and deal will be done by April 1.

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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