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Water storage tank project moves forward

by Minden Press-Herald

The City of Minden is one step closer to getting a larger potable water ground storage tank.

In this year’s legislative capital outlay, the city was promised roughly $831,000 toward the project. Mayor Tommy Davis says it is still in the very preliminary stages, but some money from capital outlay has been spent on engineering services.

“It’s been an ongoing project for several years,” he said. “This is just a step in that direction. We’ve already had some engineering done on it, and that money will be available to us but not necessarily right now.”

He explained that money is put into different categories and the category dictates when they will get it.

At the water treatment plant, the city has two above ground storage tanks that together can hold roughly 750,000 gallons. The problem is, he said, during the summer months, they are pumping some 4 million gallons, and there is just not enough storage.

“The project is the construction of a ground water storage tank to be done close to our water treatment plant, and it’s a 2 million gallon tank,” he said. “This would be an additional tank to the two that we have to store water in.”

The new tank would be constructed on the property next to Howard Lumber, on the corner of Sibley Road and Gin Road. He says some soil testing has already been done as well.

He gave no timeframe as to when the project would be complete, but did say that it has been in the works for several years and it could be a while yet before citizens see it come to fruition.

“It’s a $3 million project, so we have to get more funding than we got in capital outlay this year,” he said.

Riley and Associates from Ruston are the engineers on the project.
In other capital outlay news, the Town of Cotton Valley received $1.56 million for sewage system improvements; the Town of Cullen received $80,000 for potable water and distribution system improvements; the Village of Doyline received $415,000 for wastewater treatment facility upgrades, the Town of Sibley received $900,000 for wastewater treatment facility improvements and $495,600 for water tank rehabilitation; and the City of Springhill received $2.9 million for the construction of a Springhill Recreation Complex and $70,000 for wastewater collection improvements.

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