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|Wisner water puzzle pieces fall into place|
The bigger pieces of Wisner's multi-year quest to solve the puzzle of improving water quality started to fall into place last week but the smaller pieces will take a little more time.
Workers from contractor Womack Trenching of Harrisorburg began jockeying two large manganese filter tanks and a water soften filter into a tight squeeze within the water treatment plant, located near the Wisner Post Office during the week.
It was a major step in the city's long history of improving the water system.
"This is something we're very excited about," said Wisner Mayor Allyn-Jean Luckett, noting the project started under the leadership of former Mayor Cary Cheek.
"Twenty years ago, no one knew manganese was a problem," said plant operator Don Beaube as he watched fork lift trucks maneuver the filters into position one at a time. "Iron filters were being used to treat manganese and it wasn't working too good," he said.
Beaube explained that relocating the town's water wells several years ago from inside the city limits to about two miles away, changed the chemical composition of the water. With the well change and improper filters came bad smelling, dirty-looking water and customer complaints.
Mayor Luckett, the town councilmen and Beaube expect the smell to disappear and the dirty looks to change in about four to six weeks when the small parts, piping and all the electrical work, are installed to complete the task.
Wisner residents can feel luckly not to have had service interruptions with the ongoing work.
Mayor Luckett goes even further.
"I thank the Lord that we have not had troubles like Ferriday," she said.
We haven't had a boil alert, or had to have the National Guard bring water in and things like that. We've really been blessed compared to our neighbors down the road."
The current work and new equipment are under the direction of McManus Consulting Engineers of Monroe with assistance from a $502,000 loan from the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA will continue to monitor the health of the new water treatment center for the life of the loan.
When completed, the new Wisner water treatment plant will have state-of-the-art processing equipment for its 80,000-gallons per day output in the community. It will contain up to date monitoring equipment to ensure the production of healthy water, which is monitored twice monthly be the State Health Department.
Wisner water customers will soon expect better tasting, smelling water which will lather faster, clean with less soap and will look good in a clear glass.