Pipe replacement to improve downtown Lake Charles wastewater system

Aug 18, 2021

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - If you’ve traveled anywhere in Downtown Lake Charles, you’ve probably noticed gravel-filled squares in the road.

These squares are part of a $2 million project by the City of Lake Charles in an effort to help repair the wastewater system.

“Having an updated and state-of-the-art wastewater system is important for any 21st-century city,” said Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter.

The City is in the process of updating the sewage pipes which are nearly a century old.

“By replacing all of these pipes and putting one solid pipe in the ground, we eliminate a lot of the cracks and joints that are in the pipes so that when there is a flood situation, a lot of extra water that is infiltration or inflow of water is not allowed in a sewer, and that helps our treatment plants make better water,” said Utility Manager for the City of Lake Charles Kevin Heise.

Director of Planning and Engineering Mike Huber said when they find these problem areas, they study them.


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