A look inside Monroe Water Treatment Plant

Courtesy: KNOE 8 News
Courtesy: KNOE 8 News(KNOE)
Published: Feb. 7, 2018 at 4:25 AM CST
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Water System Manager Sean Benton says the Monroe Water Treatment Plant has already exceeded its life expectancy and say jacking up the rates is the only way to secure safe drinking water for the future.

The plant treats almost five billion gallons of water a year and Maintenance Supervisor Daren Johnson says most of the technology they use is out of date.

Mayor Jamie Mayo talked about expanding the Water Treatment Plant at his State of the City Address last week, a project that would cost

around thirty five million dollars.

Johnson says with Monroe's population getting bigger by the year...expansion is needed more than ever.

"You've got to have water, we want it to be safe and it's always been safe and we've done a good job of treating the water over the years," says Johnson. "But we've got to expand because the demand for water is rising."

The city will need federal money to help them expand the plant, and say the money made from the new water tax will hopefully speed that process along.