Oak Grove awarded $800k to replace water ground storage tank

binary commOak Grove Mayor Adam Holland inspects recent leaks in the 500,000-gallon ground...
binary commOak Grove Mayor Adam Holland inspects recent leaks in the 500,000-gallon ground storage tank at the Oak Grove Water Plantent(Source: Town of Oak Grove)
Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 4:38 PM CDT
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OAK GROVE, La. (KNOE) - The Town of Oak Grove is getting money for a “huge” water project, according to Mayor Adam Holland.

Holland says Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has awarded the town over $800,000 to replace a 500,000-gallon ground storage tank in order to provide safe and reliable public drinking water for the rural area.

Holland released the following news release which details the project and why he says replacement is badly needed.

Oak Grove Mayor Adam T. Holland was notified today that Governor John Bell Edwards awarded the Town of Oak Grove $816,750 in Louisiana Community Development Block Grant Public Facilities funds to replace the 500,000-gallon ground storage tank at the Oak Grove Water Plant.

”This is huge news for our water system,” Oak Grove Mayor Adam Holland said. “We thank Gov. Edwards, our local legislative delegation, and all those who helped us walk this over the finish line.  This has been one of our highest priorities since it was deemed in an unrepairable failing state in 2018 and is one of the primary components to providing reliable water service to not only those on the Oak Grove System, but Kilbourne, Forest, and Fiske Union who rely on us as their emergency source.”

A 2018 inspection of the galvanized tank revealed years of neglect and increased chlorine usage had eaten through many areas of the tank, causing leaks and fatal structural issues.  At that time repairs were made to get the tank back into service, yet the town was notified replacement was imminent and there was no guarantee as to how long the repairs would last.  Over the past few months new leaks have developed increasing the urgency.

The total cost to replace the tank will be approximately $1 million once engineering and consultant fees are figured into the project.

Once completed this project will bring the estimated total of Water System Improvement Investments under the administration of Mayor Holland to approximately $2.5 million.  A $250,000 capital outlay request is being considered this session to refinish the exterior of the 300,000-gallon elevated storage tank, the interior was recoated in the fall of 2020 via CWEF funds.

”We are dedicated to our goal of providing safe and reliable public drinking water to the citizens of the Town of Oak Grove.” Mayor Holland said.  “Though progress is by far from being as fast as we all would like it to be this is one more step in the right direction.  We will continue to search out and apply for funds to eventually get our century old system back to where it will provide all of our residents with the quality of water they deserve.”

The award letter states the grant award is contingent upon the State’s receipt of FY 2021 LCDBG funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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