ST. TAMMANY, LA. – President Mike Cooper announces a $22.8 million investment in the Cross Gates Water Systems in Eastern St. Tammany Parish.
The initiative includes two new water towers, 30,000’ of new water main, a 1,000 gpm water well, two new permanent generators and remote monitoring technology for the Cross Gates Water Systems.
“Our commitment to providing reliable, efficient infrastructure and creating more resiliency in our communities has never been stronger,” said Cooper. “I look forward to the implementation and construction of these projects that will help us in continuing to provide safe and reliable water in St. Tammany Parish. This investment is yet another example of how we can improve our communities when we work together with our local, state and federal partners.”
Funding for the $22.8 million includes $15.7 million from the state through the Water Sector Program Grant Awards and $7.1 million from St. Tammany Parish. Both contributions are derived from American Rescue Plan Act funding.
"As a 30-year resident in the Cross Gates Utility System, I am keenly aware of the challenges we have had with our water system,” said Senator Sharon Hewitt. “Every citizen deserves clean and reliable water. One of my top priorities has been to partner with parish officials to improve the water systems. The Louisiana Legislature has made water and sewer improvements a priority, providing $300M this year alone to assist local governments. I will continue to work with the St. Tammany legislative delegation and parish officials to fund other high priority water and sewer projects in St. Tammany in the upcoming session."
The investment will create resiliency and provide consolidation for the entire Cross Gates Water System, which benefits more than 8,100 citizens in Cross Gates, Meadow Lake, Ozone Pines, Southern Manor Mobile Home Park and Lazy Wheels Mobile Home Park.
“I asked to serve on the Louisiana Water Sector Commission because of projects like this one,” said state Senator Patrick McMath. “Providing clean, reliable water to families across Louisiana is a fundamental function of government, and I cannot think of another project in the state that is more important. Improving the quality of life for our residents is my primary goal in the legislature, and these funds will make a direct positive impact for families in St. Tammany Parish.”
In addition to providing new infrastructure, the consolidation will provide secondary water sources, offer much needed storage capacity and fire protection and provide resiliency through severe, significant weather.
“The Water Sector Program could not have come at a more crucial time for St. Tammany,” said state Representative Bob Owen. “The Parish is in dire need of maintenance and upgrades to its water and sewer systems. We grew so fast as a community that often our growth outpaced our infrastructure.”