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City of Carencro awarded $5.5 M to improve water system

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PHOTO: La. Dept. of Health PHOTO: La. Dept. of Health

The City of Carencro was awarded a $5.5 million loan to improve its water system.

The low-interest loan was issued through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund from the Louisiana Office of Public Health. 

In addition to the loan, the city also received a grant from the Drinking Water Capitalization Grant that pays for the first $500,000 of the loan (known principal forgiveness).

The loan will fund a project that includes the design and construction of two new water wells and a new water treatment plant that will have the ability to treat all of the water needed to meet the demands of the current population of the City with additional reserve capacity for future growth.  

LDH and City of Carencro officials closed the loan on January 23, 2018.  

"The City of Carencro has experienced a tremendous amount of growth, both residential and commercial over the last five years.  To keep up with the demand on water, this loan will allow us to make improvements that will increase our volume and quality of water," said Carencro Mayor Glenn Brasseaux.

"Once these improvements are completed, the facility will handle the water demands for Carencro well into the future," added Brasseaux.

Dr. Parham Jaberi, assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health said it is imperative that all Louisiana residents have access to safe drinking water. 

"This drinking water loan program gives local communities a source of dependable and affordable financing to bring their water treatment facilities up to the latest and most modern technology that keeps their residents safe and healthy," said Jaberi."I was impressed at how well the approval process went and want to commend and thank the Louisiana Department of Health Revolving Loan Fund staff especially Jennifer Wilson and project engineer Julie Comeaux for guiding through the process from start to finish," Brasseaux said.

Photo Caption: In the picture from left to right: Back Row:  Donald Chauvin (Carencro City Manager), Luke Hebert,P.E, (Fenstermaker Engineering), Jerry Osborne (City's bond attorney), BusterBroussard (Carencro Water System Superintendent), Mayor Glenn Brasseaux (Cityof Carencro): Front Row: Jennifer Wilson (DWRLF Program Manager), Chase Berard,P.E. (Fenstermaker Engineering), Julie A Comeaux (DWRLF Project Engineer),Amanda Laughlin (OPH Chief Engineer). 

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