St. Landry

Sep 28, 2011 11:41 PM by Shawn Kline

Water line to be built for arsenic-ridden residents

It's been seven months since some St. Landry Parish residents found high levels of arsenic in their water.
On Wednesday, those residents found out they'll finally be getting a water line.

"The majority of us either buy our water or have kids in town and just get it from the kids." June Barker said of the tap-water, "we just don't drink it."

Barker, like more than 200 other people can't drink water from the faucet because of high levels of arsenic.
The discovery was made early this year after some became mysteriously ill.

"We all tested our water," Barker said. "Mine, thank God, wasn't that high but it was still in that bracket where I didn't want to drink it."

Some residents are forced to drive 8-miles into town to get their water in Krotz Springs but if all goes as planned, they shouldn't have to because they'll have clean water coming out of their own faucet by the end of 2012.

"Thank god for answered prayers," Sabrina Ellis said. "We've been praying for this for a long time and it's finally happened so we're so excited, the water is coming."

Ellis, a board member with St. Landry Parish Water District 5, says the district has secured nearly $1-million in funds for eight-miles of pipe.
The project will hook-up those affected to water from Krotz Springs.

For June Barker, that's the best news this year.

"We know it's coming." Barker says, "it's going to be there for us, our kids and our grandkids."

Clean water... Coming fall of 2012.



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