Forest High School gets septic system save with LDEQ loan

BATON ROUGE – Forest High School in West Carroll Township has its own sewage treatment plant, but it is in poor condition and requires a lot of labor and expensive labor. The wastewater treatment plant is being overhauled thanks to a US $ 237,240 state revolving fund loan from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

As a result of a major component failure, the sewage treatment plant is almost unusable. It works with a permit from LDEQ, but due to the deterioration of the wastewater treatment plant, it does not meet its permit relief limits. The body of water it drains into is compromised, and without action the facility – and most likely the school – would have to be closed.

According to the loan application submitted by the West Carroll Parish School Board to the LDEQ Water Planning and Assessment Department, the funds will be used for a new expanded ventilation system with a capacity of 20,000 gallons per day with a clarifier and contact chamber for chlorine tablets. New fences, construction site work and electrical upgrades will also be part of the project.

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“We never want a public school to be closed for environmental reasons,” said LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown. “This is exactly the kind of urgent need our State Revolving Fund Loan program is designed to address.”

“We knew the water treatment plant needed to be upgraded and we expected this to be an extremely costly project. The process was well coordinated and all agencies involved (McManus Engineers, LDEQ, Boles & Shafto) were extremely helpful. It has been a blessing to Forest High School, our students and staff, and our school district, ”said Christy Boyte, Interim Superintendent of West Carroll Parish Schools.

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The LDEQ Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s eligible projects include the construction or repair of public sewage treatment plants and the implementation of programs to control pollution from non-point sources and to manage estuaries. The CWSRF program provides financial support to any political division, public trust, agency, or commission of the state in the form of below-market loans.

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