BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Ground was broken today on a sewer treatment plant improvement project. It's phase two of the Wet Weather Capacity improvement at the South Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The goal is to meet regulatory standards and improve processed waste water quality. Once complete, the treatment plant could process up to 205 million gallons of water per day. That's up from its current 120 million gallons per day.
Mayor President Kip Holden says for a long time when storms came the sewer system would backup when power went out.
"With these systems we're developing, now even if the utilities went out, there would not be over flow or backup,” Holden explained at the groundbreaking ceremony. “That's how you spell relief for a lot of residents."
The project is estimated to cost over one hundred million dollars and should be complete by the end of 2014.