Letter to the Editor: City Council member says water quality should be top priority

I am writing to address a matter of utmost importance that has persisted within our City limits for an extended period. It is with a sincere sense of responsibility and dedication to our community’s well-being that I bring to your attention the pressing issue of water quality, particularly the ongoing challenges posed by discolored water.

As we are all well aware, the prevalence of brown water in various areas of our City has been a persistent concern for a number of years. During my tenure on the Council, I have consistently been informed that this issue stems from the presence of aging and corroded metal pipes in those localities. While this explanation is not unfamiliar to us, regrettably, the problem appears to intensify over time, particularly during extreme temperature fluctuations.

Recent instances of discoloration, such as the current situation, have been attributed to an elevated manganese content in Sibley Lake due to the exceptional heat conditions. However, it is essential to note that water discoloration also occurs during regular temperatures due to the corroded state of the older pipes. While I understand that financial constraints limit the scope of our annual initiatives, we must address this as a matter of priority, surpassing even the urgency of road maintenance within the City limits.

In my assessment, the issue of corroded water lines holds a far greater significance than routine road repair endeavors. Our dedicated team at the water treatment plant diligently ensures the delivery of clean and potable water to our homes and businesses. Regrettably, the effectiveness of their efforts is compromised by the deteriorated condition of the metal pipes, resulting in the disheartening reality of brown water for our constituents.

From my perspective, rectifying this concern is not only a monetary obligation but a moral one as well. The present circumstances call for a robust and resolute approach to resolving this matter, a commitment that should have been undertaken decades ago. Should we continue along the present trajectory, the replacement of water and sewer lines could very well remain an unresolved challenge for an additional half-century. The time has undeniably come for us to rectify this longstanding issue and usher in a new era of water quality excellence for our community.

In light of the above, I respectfully urge us to reconsider our budget allocation for road maintenance and explore the possibility of reallocating those funds towards the imperative task of replacing our antiquated water lines. This strategic shift in our priorities will not only enhance the quality of life for our residents but also affirm our dedication to ensuring the health and well-being of our community.

I am confident that by prioritizing the replacement of corroded water lines, we are making a steadfast commitment to the future of our City. Let us seize this opportunity to effect lasting change and foster a renewed sense of pride and well-being within our community.

Thank you for your unwavering dedication to our City’s prosperity and for your careful consideration of this matter.

C. Edward Harrington, Natchitoches City Council District 1

Editor’s Note: So the public is aware, this letter was sent to all city leaders

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