Dec 21, 2012 8:55 AM by AP
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A yearlong legal battle over Lafayette's contract to provide water to the neighboring city of Broussard escalated this week.
The Advocate reports the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority voted on Tuesday to authorize the administration to deny all requests for additional water service from Broussard.
Broussard officials said Thursday they plan to respond with a legal claim against Lafayette for intentional breach of the contract for Lafayette to provide water service to the smaller city.
Broussard spokeswoman Amy Jones said Lafayette has officially declared that it does not intend to honor its obligations under the 1998 wholesale water agreement.
The dispute over the water contract began last year when the city-owned Lafayette Utilities System discovered that a wholesale water meter had been bypassed for several years.