Louisiana Water Sector Commission awards $5M grant to rehabilitate City’s water treatment plant

The City of Natchitoches is proud to announce the Louisiana Water Sector Commission has awarded the City of Natchitoches $5M to rehabilitate and expand its aging Water Treatment Plant.

“Since the beginning of my administration, we have been adamant about seeking funding on the state and federal levels that make expensive, yet vital, projects a reality in the City of Natchitoches. This is a tremendous win that will ensure our ability to continue to provide both clean and plentiful water to Natchitoches residents,” said Mayor Williams.

“I want to offer my congratulations to our city officials in Natchitoches for having received a $5 million dollar grant via the Water Sector Program from the State of Louisiana,” said Senator Louie Bernard.  “These type grants are difficult to obtain simply due to the number of applications submitted from across the State. Mayor Williams and his staff were great partners in this endeavor that will be part of the eventual improvement of the water system for the citizens of the City of Natchitoches and beyond.”

Plants 1 and 2, built in 1959 and 1971 respectively, will receive minor updates, while Plant 3, built in 1995, will be rehabbed to address the specific mandates outlined by the Louisiana Department of Health Administrative order. These include correcting identified treatment plant deficiencies, as well as adding treatment capacity to meet maximum water demand with a fourth treatment plant capable of treating an additional 2 million gallons of water per day.

Once Plant 4 is fully operational, Plant 3 will be removed from service and completely rehabilitated. Those repairs include replacing aging mechanical equipment and restoring the clarifier to full operation and capacity. The existing filters in Plant 3 will be completely rehabilitated to restore the filters to full operation and capacity as well. Once Plant 3 if fully operational, Plant 2 will be removed from service for repair and replacement of new equipment. 

“No capacity has been added to the treatment plant since 1994, almost 30 years. In that time, the water needs of the City have increased dramatically,” said Matt Anderson, City of Natchitoches Director of Utilities. “The Water Plant runs at full capacity several times each year, meaning we are making as much water as we can just to meet the demand. No room for error. This project is vital to the health and well-being of all our customers,” he continued.

Matt also added that Alliance compressors, which was built around 1999, uses on average about 5.5 million gallons per month and Pilgrims’ Pride now uses anywhere from 600,000 to 800,000 gallons every day. Over the last 30 years, the City Limits have been extended with several large subdivisions and the I-49 corridor has grown 7 hotels and 10 restaurants.

Upon completion of the project, the renovated plant will have an estimated design capacity of at least 10.5 MGD and will be able to produce a minimum of 8.5 MGD, even with the largest clarifier (Plant 1 or
Plant 2) or the largest filter (Plant 3) out of service for maintenance or repairs. With increased treatment capacity and restoration of Plants 2 and 3 to their original design capacity, the City will fully comply with all mandates in the Administrative Order.

To learn more about the Water Treatment Plant Project, please contact Matt Anderson, Director of Utilities at 318-357-3850.