NEWS: DRA funding delivers drinking water to 475 Louisiana residents in time for holidays

December 22, 2016

NEWS: Delta Regional Authority funding delivers drinking water to 475 Louisiana residents in time for holidays

Authority takes immediate action to approve $27,000 request

ROBELINE-MARTHAVILLE, LA. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today contributed $27,000 of emergency funding to provide reliable drinking water to 475 residents on the Robeline-Marthaville Water System Inc. in Natchitoches Parish. DRA’s investment will be matched by $5,000 in local funds to replace a 30-year-old water tank. This week, DRA also contributed nearly $600,000 to help deliver drinking water to St. Joseph, La.

Today, representatives from the Office of Governor John Bel Edwards were on the ground in Robeline, taking part in the meeting of local, parish, state, and DRA officials where the short-term solution was finalized. 

“I am pleased we had the opportunity to support the efforts of the Delta Regional Authority to make immediate assistance available to the communities in Robeline and Marthaville so that they will have drinkable water in time for the holidays,” said Gov. Edwards. “We are incredibly grateful for DRA’s help in making this critical and timely repair possible, given the tremendous challenge that small municipalities repeatedly face when it comes to affording the costs of maintaining a functional water system.” 

The Robeline-Marthaville Water System experienced a “catastrophic failure of its main pressure water tank,” the Water System said in its application for DRA funding. Buying a new pump will return reliable potable water to customers, including the 370-student Marthaville Elementary and Junior High School.

“Drinking water is essential to every community, and DRA is committed to taking swift action to make investments that ensure the Delta has the infrastructure in place to deliver dependable water for residents,” said DRA Chairman Chris Masingill. “In this case, we acted within 24 hours on the Robeline-Marthaville request, and I’m grateful to our Board of Directors for approving this emergency funding today. Our actions this week clearly demonstrate DRA’s pledge to support infrastructure improvements that are vital to communities across the Mississippi River Delta region.” 

Local officials thanked DRA for the $27,000 emergency fund contribution. 

“We are grateful for the DRA’s immediate approval of our request to fund a new pump that will deliver running water to all residents and businesses on our system,” said Tommy O’Con, President of the Robeline-Marthaville Water System. “This allows us to purchase the pump today and install it immediately to provide running water just in time for the holidays.”
 

About the Delta Regional Authority
The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged $138 million in federal resources into more than $2.9 billion in public and private investment into local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workers, and infrastructure development projects. These investments have helped create or retain more than 26,000 jobs since the DRA was established. Learn more at dra.gov.

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Media Contact: Andrew Moreau
amoreau@dra.gov