Thursday, July 18, 2019
St. John the Baptist Parish - Parish President Natalie Robottom along with Council Members Kurt Becnel, Larry Sorapuru, Lennix Madere and Jaclyn Hotard-Gaudet joined Assistant Director of Utilities Reed Alexander, CAO Laverne Tombs and a host of Pleasure Bend residents for a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating completion of the Pleasure Bend Water Treatment Facility.
Also, on hand for the celebration were Fire Chief Cain Dufrene, Assistant Public Safety Director Travis Perrilloux, Sheriff Mike Tregre, Senator Gary Smith, Oscar Boudreaux, project engineer with Environmental Engineering Services, Inc. and contractor John Amedee with Volute, Inc. A public meeting was held prior to the ribbon cutting to provide technical information to Pleasure Bend residents about the newly constructed water treatment facility, the treatment process and the benefits of the new system.
“The treatment facility utilizes the same technology used at the Ruddock Well facility and the process easily meets compliance standards”, said Parish President Robottom. She added, “this project provides the Pleasure Bend community a new water source, quality water and it eliminates the costly purchase of water from St James Parish.
The $985,000 project uses a Reverse Osmosis (RO) Unit to treat well water for distribution to Pleasure Bend residents and businesses. Prior to construction of the new system, residents were connected to the St. James Parish water system, but billed through St. John the Baptist Parish. St. James Parish will continue to back-up the Pleasure Bend system.
“The facility is similar to the current treatment process for water in LaPlace and it leaves room for future growth in this area,” said Oscar Boudreaux. “In addition, water quality will significantly improve with this system and it is unaffected by potential concerns resulting from Pleasure Bend’s proximity to salt water.”
Construction of the project began in November of 2017 and took approximately 20 months to complete. “Utilizing a variety of funding sources including the 2015 Bond Issue, this project was completed with no increase in taxes or additional burden to the Parish budget,” President Robottom added.
For more information or photos of the project, please visit sjbparish.com.