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Changes could be brought to Mamou's water system

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Mamou, LA -

If you live in Mamou, changes could soon be coming to the water that comes out of your faucet.

The town is in the process of installing meters. It's the first step the town must take in order to apply for USDA loans to help improve water quality. 

That loan could make more improvements like new water lines and water treatment plants.  

"We are about six of us left in the state of Louisiana that do not have water meters," Mayor Ricky Fontenot said.  "The town of Mamou is one. We charge a flat rate of 17 dollars a month for water." 

The town plans on installing a few meters throughout the town as a study. They are looking for volunteers to participate. It's a way they can monitor how much water is used and how much it will cost per household. 

Some residents are not quiet about their feelings about Mamou's tap water. 

"The water is brown. It stinks," Herman Lawrence Sr. said. Many like Lawrence are concerned with the water quality.

"It feel like taking a bath in a gully, a ditch or something," Lawrence said. "That's just how nasty it is."

In the past, the water department has stood by water quality--even drinking it for themselves. 

According to Fontenot, the water system was designed to serve only the town of Mamou. However, it has extended to rural areas nearby. 

Adding meters could help the town with extending the water system. 

The town is looking for volunteers to have meters installed first. If you'd like a new meter get in touch with town hall. 

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