Some 4,000 gallons of water will soon be flowing through the city of Gretna. A new state of the art pump is making it happen, a project that has been in the works for four years now. The new water source will help the city grow.
"We haven't been able to do anything because we've been under a mandate from DEP."
The Department of Environmental Protection issued a consent order requiring the city of Gretna to develop new water sources for residents.
The city then turned to its neighbor, Quincy, for assistance.
Earl Banks, Quincy's city manager, says, "We started back in 2002. We realized we had the capabilities of supplying some of their water, and at the present time we will be supplying them with one-third of their water."
The interconnection takes place Thursday. Gretna city officials say they expect to see a ripple effect of great things to come.
Helen Franks, Mayor of Gretna, says, "We're going to finally do something the citizens have been complaining about. We're going to have more water so business can come in. They've been talking about what midway has been doing and we haven't been able to do anything because we've been under the mandate from DEP."
And thanks to grant funding and a loan from DEP, city officials were able to construct a pump station in Mount Pleasant. Now contractors who've been burdened by this "bridge over troubled water" will finally get a chance to build new homes on this parcel of land just a block from City Hall.
Officials from both municipalities plan on working together to develop other projects.