BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish officials gladly accepted a $45 million check Wednesday morning from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
The money is from a federal program to help cities deal with the nationwide problem of crumbling sewer lines. East Baton Rouge is no different. The city-parish is under the largest sewer revamp in parish history and the check will help pay the way.
"Thanks in part to programs like this DEQ loan, I am proud to report that we are on pace to provide East Baton Rouge Parish with a new state-of-the-art sewer system that will meet or exceed all federal standards," said Mayor-President Kip Holden.
He added the check will repair leaking sewer collection lines and help with the construction of the Choctaw Sewer Collection Maintenance Facility.
The loan is for 20 years at less than 1 percent interest.