According to our partners at The News-Star, the Ouachita Parish School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to request the ability to intervene in Sterlington vs. Greater Ouachita Water Co.
The town of Sterlington had filed a suit in early August to obtain the water pipes owned by GOWC within the town limits.
Elmer Noah, legal counsel for the school board, said the school district wants to protect its financial interests, not take a side in the suit. He filed a petition to intervene on Aug. 31, which was ratified with the board’s vote.
School board member Greg Manley said the board wants to be sure Sterlington Elementary, Middle School and High School continue to receive clean drinking water and fire protection without any interruption of services.
Noah said the district contributed about $400,000 for the construction of water storage facilities around Sterlington High School, including a 100,000 gallon elevated storage tank and a 100,000 gallon ground level storage tank. The board also reimbursed GOWC for running an 8-inch water main to the school when it was built.
GOWC agreed to let the district buy Sterlington High School’s water for the amount paid to the city of Monroe without any additional costs. This was approved by the Louisiana Public Service Commission.
At minimum, the petition argues, the school board would likely have to renegotiate agreements for water services at Sterlington High School.
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