A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for a new wastewater treatment facility in St. Landry Parish.
The ceremony was held at the facility's location near the entrance of the Clos De Bois subdivision on the I-49 S. Service Road in Opelousas.
The project is a result of a partnership between The Central St. Landry Economic Development District and the City of Opelousas.
Officials say the southern portion of the I-49 corridor in St. Landry Parish is beginning to see a significant commercial and residential growth.
That growth, they say, has resulted in a need for increased infrastructure capacity.
The plant will have an initial capacity of 150,000 gallons of wastewater per day with potential to be doubled should there be a need in the future.
The first phase of this estimated $4.5 million project includes line infrastructure for four strategically positioned lift stations, according to CSLEDD board chairman Frank (Buddy) Helton.
The contract for this project was awarded to BIHM Construction Co. who estimates completion by the end of 2021. Funding is made possible through state capital outlay funds that are being matched by CSLEDD district funds. State Senator Gerald Boudreaux and District 40 Representative Dustin Miller were instrumental in guiding the state appropriation for capital outlay funds through the legislature, Helton said.
The system will initially provide service to the west side of I-49 at the Harry Guilbeau interchange, upon completion however, all quadrants of this high growth area will be included in the facility’s service area. This new plant will relieve pressure on existing wastewater infrastructure and will be operated and maintained by The City of Opelousas.
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