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Three companies turn in qualifications for parish water study

by Minden Press-Herald

Three companies turned in qualification statements for the Webster Parish Police Jury’s water study.

KSA Alliance, Balar Engineers, and Cothren, Graff and Smoak Engineers, all of Shreveport, turned in requests for qualifications, but the jury will not choose an engineer until their monthly meeting Tuesday. Each company scored high enough to qualify to “assist in the development of a parish-wide water study/plan and subsequent implementation.”

“The meeting today was to look at the qualifications and Tuesday we’ll talk about it in our committee meeting and decide which one we’ll use if we can afford it,” Jury President Jim Bonsall said. “We may make a decision Tuesday or we may put it off until next month. It just depends on jury discussion.”

Juror Daniel Thomas brought up the issue a few months ago, saying the parish needed a water plan. The idea is not for the police jury to take over the water systems, but rather to have information they might need, such as how many gallons of water each water system uses, current contact information and look at future needs for water use in the parish, Bonsall said.

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