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Opelousas temporarily restricts in-person water payment services

Posted at 7:17 PM, Jul 07, 2020

OPELOUSAS, La. — The City of Opelousas has announced that it will temporarily restrict transactions for its Water Department to drive-thru window and online services beginning Thursday, July 9 due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the community.

According to a release from Mayor Julius Alsandor, the City's Water Department transactions that include water and sewer payments, disconnects, reconnects, transfers, water taps and new service may now be done using the drive-thru window.

Payments may also be made online at, by phone, drop box and through the U.S. Postal Service.

Applications for Occupational Licenses, electrical permits and special event permits may be retrieved using the on-line service.

Taxes may be paid by phone or through the drive-thru window.

This temporary precautionary change is being made due to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in our community, the release states.

According to the release, while Louisianians have moved to Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan for the state, the latest medical and scientific data show the numbers have accelerated, therefore, this change is being implemented in order to reduce the spread of the virus to protect city employees and the public.

"This virus still very much exists and we need to take serious action to protect our community," states Alsandor. "I urge everyone to continue to practice social distancing and implement safety precautions, which includes wearing a face masks in public places to protect you, your family, your friends and your neighbors."

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