Apr 19, 2013 8:55 AM by AP
A $3.8 million project to provide sewer service to a rural area of West Feliciana Parish is nearing completion after a struggle of more than 10 years. The Advocate reports contractors and parish employees tested the sewage treatment portion of the project on Thursday.
The new system will serve the Independence area, off La. Highway 965 and U.S. 61 southeast of St. Francisville.
Police Juror Otis Wilson said some lots in the community are too small for septic tanks and individual mechanical treatment plants to work properly, resulting in raw sewage draining into roadside ditches.
The jury eventually got loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Community Development Block Grant program to install sewer lines, build lift stations and construct a treatment plant.