BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is taking a deep dive into its drinking water pipes and pumps as it tries to avoid a potential disaster.
Gov. John Bel Edwards created the Rural Water Infrastructure Committee in March. It's a coordinated effort including state and federal agencies.
The Advocate reports the team's job is to guide local government authorities through a patchwork of grants, loans and technical assistance to repair old and neglected pipes and pumps.
The Democratic governor was aiming to avoid a repeat of the health emergency in the town of St. Joseph, which required $10 million to repair a system leaking lead into the drinking water.