The Robeline Marthaville Water System received the gift of water, just in time for Christmas. “We’re looking at having running water by tomorrow,” said Leslie Durham, Governor John Bel Edwards’ Designee for the Delta Regional Authority.
DRA contributed $27,000 of emergency funding to provide reliable drinking water to the 475 residents on the Robeline-Marthaville Water System at a meeting Thursday, Dec. 22. DRA’s investment will be matched by $5,000 in local funds to replace a 30-year-old water tank.
“We are grateful for the DRA’s immediate approval of our request to fund a new pump that will deliver running water to all residents and businesses on our system,” said Tommy O’Con, chairman of the Water System Board. “This allows us to purchase the pump today and install it immediately to provide running water just in time for the holidays.”
The meeting including Water System Board members; Parish President Rick Nowlin; members of the NPSO Office of Emergency Preparedness; Knox Ross, president and CEO of the Coordinating and Development Council of Shreveport; a representative from the Dept. of Health and Hospitals; M.E. “Toye” Taylor, deputy chief of staff for intergovernmental affairs at the Office of the Governor and members of the Louisiana Rural Water Association.
The Robeline-Marthaville Water System experienced a “catastrophic failure of its main pressure water tank,” the Water System said in its application for DRA funding. Buying a new pump will return reliable potable water to customers, including the 370-students at Marthaville Elementary and Junior High School.
“Drinking water is essential to every community, and DRA is committed to taking swift action to make investments that ensure the Delta has the infrastructure in place to deliver dependable water for residents,” said DRA Chairman Chris Masingill. “In this case, we acted within 24 hours on the Robeline-Marthaville request, and I’m grateful to our Board of Directors for approving this emergency funding today. Our actions this week clearly demonstrate DRA’s pledge to support infrastructure improvements that are vital to communities across the Mississippi River Delta region.”