By Brittany Pieper – email
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –Saturday, 3 million gallons of sewage spilled into Champion Lake in Shreveport. Just a few months ago, in July, the city had to fix a leak only about 50 feet away from the leak this weekend. They say both leaks are symptoms of a greater problem.
"Some of these pipes in the system, particularly around the older parts of the city, are 80 years old, and are well past their life expectancy. The infrastructure is starting to crumble," said Asst. City Engineer, Barbara Featherston.
It will take money to fix the problem, but the city doesn't have it. Shreveport's water and sewage department's budget is about $90 million. The sewage repairs alone would cost about $200 million. To help fund the repairs, the water and sewage department hopes to pass a bond issue.
City engineers say the 2 recent breaks near Champion Lake were not hazardous to the general public because Champion Lake is privately owned. However, it could happen in more heavily populated areas or near a public body of water.
"There's always that risk," said Featherston.
She hopes Shreveport voters choose to support a bond to replace the pipes soon. For now, they will just have to fix problems as they come.