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Holes spring up Campti water tank, shut nearby school for a day

Campti's water tank has sprung holes, resulting in brown water and a loss of water pressure. (Source: Nick Lawton/KSLA News 12) Campti's water tank has sprung holes, resulting in brown water and a loss of water pressure. (Source: Nick Lawton/KSLA News 12)
CAMPTI, LA (KSLA) -

Campti residents awakened Wednesday morning to no water or brown water in their taps.

"See all them holes in it?” Mayor Roland Smith said, pointing at the Natchitoches Parish town's water tank.

At least a half dozen holes sprang open in the tank's wall Wednesday. Some now are plugged up by sticks.

“The tank is antiquated. It’s about 25 to 30 years old," Smith said. "We’re constantly trying to patch that tank up. And again, overnight, leaks just appear in the tank."

Those leaks prompted officials at Lakeview Jr./Sr High  to close the school, sending students home for the day, because the campus lost water pressure.

“That’s a lot of students, and we feel bad about that," Smith said. "But it’s just something that we could not prevent."

The town is expected to have a new water tank up and running by January or February. A $1.2 million project is underway to build the 65,000-gallon structure, the mayor said.

Meantime, the town is under a boil advisory because of Wednesday's water issues.

"We want you to take precautions," Smith said of the town's water customers. "Every time you use the water, especially to drink, boil the water!”

He hopes these steps will lead Campti to a future without water woes.

"The outside is so fragile," Smith said, looking at the town water tank. "We have to be very careful and cautious how we do it so that we don’t end up really ruining the rest of the integrity of the tank.”

Water pressure was restored Wednesday afternoon after crews worked on the system since 4 a.m. that day.

And Lakeview Jr./Sr High is expected to resume classes Thursday.

Samples of the tank’s water have been sent to CENLA Environmental Science Laboratories in Alexandria for testing. Results of those tests will determine when the boil advisory can be lifted.

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