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City of Monroe moving forward with $40 million water system expansion

Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 12:49 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - It was a rough week for many as people grappled with water shortages in the wake of the devastating winter storm.

The City of Monroe continues to respond to water leaks, but they are looking forward to the future and a $40 million expansion plan that would avoid an event like this.

Sean Benton, water system manager for the city, says they prepared ahead of the storm and celebrating not having to issue boil water notices. He says the plant can push out 20 million gallons a day but during the height of the storm, demand jumped to nearly 28 million gallons.

“Once we get that plant in service it’s going to add an additional 12 million gallons of water to the capacity we have now. Puts us at a little over 30 million gallons,” Benton said. “So by having that tank we would have been able to go at full capacity, get great pressure all the time through the system, and still be able to reserve water for a future need.”

Benton says the expansion is a step in the right direction. The plant expansion includes a rehab of the river pump station, allowing a backup treatment source in the unlikely event they lose power at their treatment plant. The expansion also includes the addition of a treatment plant generator. If they were to lose power they would be able to run on auxiliary source until power is restored.

“I think it’s gonna be good for the citizens of Monroe and the future development model as a whole,” Benton said.

Benton says that low water pressure continues but says they are close to having it restored. If you have a leak at your home, call (318) 329-2385.

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