EPA grant to fix southeastern Louisiana home sewage, monitor water

Don Ames
June 15, 2019 - 1:44 pm

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Nearly $700,000 is being provided by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help fix home sewage systems in the Bayou Lafourche Watershed and show how that improves drinking water.

Mary Walker, the Region 4 administrator, says the project will foster environmental protection, education and awareness.

According to the announcement made in Atlanta, $695,600 is going to the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.

The grant will pay half the cost of repairs up to $1,000 for at least 200 home sewage systems, and for water quality monitoring before and after the work. The program also will teach homeowners how to maintain their systems.

Parts of Ascension, Assumption, and Lafourche parishes are included in the area to be serviced.

The main areas served will be Donaldsonville, Thibodaux, Raceland, Mathews, and Lockport.

Officials hope the program encourages other homeowners to repair and maintain their sewage systems.

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