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Bossier Parish leaders offer possible solution to sewage lake dumping

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BENTON, LA (KSLA) -

Bossier Parish residents are speaking out after they say the Cypress and Black Bayou lakes are being disturbed by the way new subdivisions are getting rid of their sewage. The unhappy residents have already succeeded in helping get proposed subdivision Woodhaven to back away from pursuing a discharge permit.

     
That developer is now working on plans to pipe sewage to the Town of Benton to take care of, instead of the lake. But neighbors like Jennifer Litwiler won't be satisfied until all of the sewage dumping is stopped and now Bossier Parish leaders have gotten involved.

 Litwiler is a mother of four and explained to KSLA News 12, the Black Bayou Lake behind their home plays a big part in their lives. "We home school, so we do a lot of activities on the lake."
     
Her home along with other lake homes on more than 1-acre of land are required by law to have individual septic tanks. But subdivisions with smaller lots are not,
and their treated sewage ends up in the lakes. "I think that is disgusting, I can't believe it's even legal," Litwiler said. In Benton, it is all legal as long as developers get discharge permits. Residents not okay with it, have already helped stop one developer from pursuing this method, but neighbors aren't satisfied yet, they tell KSLA News 12, they won't stop fighting until subdivisions like Turtle Creek Estates stop dumping their treated waste water into the lake.

"If it keeps happening then more and more subdivisions are going to keep doing it," said Litwiler. But a permanent solution could be near, State Senator and Benton Resident Robert Adley has approached Bossier Engineer Butch Ford about working with Benton to help extend their sewer line further. "If we can get this system extended out there, there is a potential for more customers, which would be good for the town and their operating budget," said Ford and explained the project would cost around $350,000.00 and likely funded through grants, at no cost to Benton. "This is a win-win, I believe for everybody," said Ford and explained that having a community sewer system would reduce the need for future developments to dump the sewage in the lakes, giving mom's like Litwiler, a peace of mind.

We reached out to the mayor of Benton for comment, but he was out of town and unavailable. Residents will be presenting their own plan for a solution to the Black Bayou Water Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 10.   

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