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City of Rayne installs new backup generator for water treatment plant

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jan 14, 2021

RAYNE, La. — The City of Rayne has installed a new backup generator to the Rayne Water Plant on Fourth Street as part of a $2.4 million upgrade to the city's infrastructure.

The 400KW, three-phase natural gas generator was delivered to the city back in December and was installed this week.

According to Rayne Mayor Charles Robichaux, this upgrade is the first one received by the Rayne Water Plant in almost 60 years.

The new generator will replace the city's local generator, which ran on diesel and is no longer reliable.

Robichaux says that when Hurricanes Laura and Delta came through Rayne, the city had to rent a generator that cost upwards of $10,000. The new generator is permanent and will deliver safe, potable water to citizens during the next major disaster.

The mayor says that the city is working to install a new water clarifier, which helps aerate the city's water supply, that should be up and running by late summer.

Robichaux says the city is also working on a $150,000 automation system for the plant that will allow it to run itself if there are not enough employees to do so in cases like another major storm.

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