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Cypress Lake residents don't want treated sewage dumped in lake

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Cypress lakefront homeowners aren't happy the sewage from the new subdivision, Turtle Creek Estates, is being discharged into Cypress Lake. The sewage is dumped only after it's treated, but even so residents say they are looking for ways to stop the sewage from making its way into the lake. 

Worried residents held an information meeting on Tuesday night with parish leaders to find out exactly what's going on. The meeting was organized by lakefront home owner Renee Hall, who says the peaceful waters of cypress lake have been a big part of her life. "I learned to water ski here on this lake, my kids learned to water ski here on this lake, now my grand kids are learning to ski here," Hall explained that the lake is a place she calls home and feels protective of it.  
Hall says that's why she was disturbed when she learned the homes in the brand new Turtle Creek neighborhood discharges their treated sewage into these waters. "God creates this type of environment to enjoy not to put our waste water in there," said Hall.
Hall and about thirty concerned neighbors got together for a meeting, that got heated at times, to question parish leaders about the sewage discharge.

"Our water is disinfected," said Eagle Water System operator Keith Howard, who says the company has a discharge permit for the lake. "We are just trying to make sure, that we put the cleanest water possible, that meets all standards for the discharge that goes into that lake," said Howard.
Howard explained the sewage is treated in an oxidation pond and he says once it makes it to the lake it is what he considers "cleaner than the water in the lake."
Still residents aren't happy with any form of sewage in the lake, at the meeting they talked about different solutions. One suggestion offered, requiring each home owner to have their own individual septic systems. But Parish Engineer Butch Ford explained the lots are too small to require that.
In Benton, only homes on 1 or more acre plots are required  have their own treatment systems. Now Hall and her other neighbors are left brainstorming, trying to find a way to keep the treated sewage out of their lake.  "I'm glad we're doing this because this lake is too important for us to just sit back and keep letting this happen," said Hall.

The Cypress Lake residents plan to discuss their concerns again at a Benton town hall meeting on September 3rd at 7p.m.


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