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New Maurice water system delayed by hurricanes, other issues

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 17:04:23-04

Maurice's new water plant has been delayed again by Hurricane Delta.

The village got a new well this past spring, and had hoped to have its new water plant operational by last month. But COVID had a bigger impact than anticipated, and when the old plant was opened up, more problems were found than anticipated.

"It was decided to replace those parts now instead of waiting for them to fail and have to take the system off line in the future. Receiving those parts are also a problem due to COVID-19. The final issues are the two hurricanes have caused some delays but we are hoping that to be minimal," Mayor Wayne Theriot says.

Theriot said there have been delays in getting pipe and other parts, both because of COVID and the hurricanes, but the plant should be operational during the first half of November.

"We want to do this right the first time," Theriot explained.

The water in Maurice is safe, and is tested daily by the village and weekly by state officials, he said. It doesn't look all that good, because it isn't being softened, he said. But the water is safe, he said.

"We fully understand the frustration of the situation but COVID-19 has impacted us more than anybody could have thought," the mayor says.