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Feb 5, 2014 7:28 PM by Alex Labat

Troubled Water: Pressure Building over Lack of Water Pressure

Day six. Residents in Cecilia are still under a boil advisory, as crews are working to stabilize water pressure. For the past month, the Cecilia Water Corporation's struggles have been compounded with pipes bursting because of freezing weather. The problem now is maintaining water pressure affecting homes, businesses, and schools.
After you reached out to us, we took your concerns straight to the source. "I'm not making any excuses. It's just a culmination of both things. The well and the consumption just overburdened us", says Cecilia Water Corporation General Manager Bruce Guidry. While upgrades to existing plants and new ones are in the pipeline, residents are still having to buy bottles water during the boil advisory. "It's fine, I mean we're getting the water. We had a little bit of an issue but then with the freeze that we had, but that was to be expected", says resident Patricia Menard. Luella Graham, another resident, agrees saying, "You can just do so much. And the weather conditions were bad, and we were not prepared for that".
The water system says they're working around the clock to get their wells back up to snuff. "Be assured that we're working on the problem and that boil order will be resolved as soon as DHH lets us", says Guidry. Others are just waiting for things to get back to normal. "I'm one that's kind of old fashioned, if I can't drink the water out of the faucet, what's the reason of having the water? In fact, if I would have invested in water a few years ago I'd be a rich man today", says Raymond Broussard, Jr.


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