Oak Grove water rates increasing

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OAK GROVE, La. (KNOE) - Oak Grove Water rates are increasing to pay for the water plant rehabilitation there.

The Oak Grove City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to pass an ordinance increasing the water rates from $14.00 to $15.00 for the first 2,000 gallons.

It will also be $3.50 per 1,000 for the next 8,000 gallons thereafter, and $3.00 per 1,000 for any usage above 10,000 gallons after that, for residential.

Commercial rates are increasing from $30.00 to $40.00 for the first 10,000 gallons and $3.00 per 1,000 gallons after that.

The increase will be used to pay back the $150,000 loan used to cover the town’s match to a $770,000 CDBG Grant to rehabilitate the water plant.

According to a press release from the town of Oak Grove, Mayor Adam Holland said, “This was not an easy decision, but it was the right decision, as it is another step toward providing our citizens with clean, clear water.”

He also said, “Anytime you can do $920,000 worth of work for just $150,000 is a good return on investment for the people’s money. This project will get the plant back to working as it was designed and also address the concerns on the DHH’s sanitation audit that has shown deficiencies for many years.”

The automatic valves used for proper backwashing will be replaced along with rusty pipes, filter media, and deficient tanks.

The project is in the final stages of planning and is set to go to bid in early November. The estimated completion date is May 2019.