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New plan for the water treatment plant in West Monroe

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 NEWS) - There is a new plan for the water treatment plant in West Monroe.

"Sparta aquifer has basically been in decline for thirty forty years, a lot of usage, not much replenishing," says Mike Walsworth.

The Sparta Aquifer is the underground water storage for sixteen of Louisiana's parishes. It has been depleting at a rapid rate and the outflow of the aquifer exceeds the inflow.

"What was happening was graphics packaging was probably using about ten million gallons a day out of the aquifer, this project was completed in 2012, will cut the usage of the graphics packaging cut their usage off the aquifer," says Mike Walsworth.

So as Graphic Packaging moves to the cit's water system, West Monroe has been searching for a process to save money.

The new plan will provide solar paneling here at the water treatment plant in west monroe, this will help reduce and conserve electricity.

"We are giving them one point five four million dollars to install the panels and it will save electricity again up to twenty five to thirty five percent," says Peggy Hatch.

"Everybody that gets water from the Sparta aquifer is going to benefit from it, mostly this project benefits the people in west Ouachita Parish because IT will reduce the electricity cost, " says Mayor Dave Norris.

Officials say the plant will be seeing saving as soon as the panels are installed

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