New Blanchard water system could bring relief soon

By Josh Marcisz |

Published 07/16 2014 06:07PM

Updated 07/16 2014 06:46PM

The Mayor of Blanchard says the town's new $17-million dollar water treatment plant should be operational soon and ready to bring relief to customers in the North Caddo town of Mooringsport.

For years customers on the East Cove, East Mooringsport and Town of Mooringsport water systems have been under constant boil advisory because the water is unsafe for consumption. Deteriorating equipment has proven too costly to replace and customers have turned to running up large monthly bills to buy bottled water.

Jake Causey, Chief Engineer for DHH and Safe Drinking Water Administrator for the state says the systems are amongst the most troubling in the state. He says DHH, which contribritued a $12-million dollar grant to help fund the new water plant in Blanchard, is also optimistic Mooringsport customers will be absorbed into the water system soon.

"Hopefully within the next month we'll be able to supply water to these water systems in the area which will bring their water into compliance with safe drinking water standards, so it's been a long time coming," Causey says.

Blanchard Mayor, Johnny Digilormo, says pipes to carry water from Caddo Lake to customers in Mooringsport are in place.

"Everything will go just as usual, people will get their water bills in the mail and they will come up and mail or pay them up here at the town hall," Digilormo says.


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