LA: State says agency in charge of Baton Rouge groundwater not properly regulating supply

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A government audit released today revealed that the agency in charge of Baton Rouge’s groundwater supply is failing to properly monitor the system.

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor released a 55-page report to the public today. It said the Capital Area Groundwater Commission is responsible allowing big businesses to pump too much, leaving fresh water vulnerable to contamination.

The executive director for the commission Anthony Duplachain, spoke with Local 33/ Fox 44 and claimed some of the information in the audit is inaccurate. “The numbers were off,” said Duplachain.

Duplachain said the Auditor’s Office used old data from wells no longer in use, making it appear as though more water was being used when it was not. 

Meanwhile, commission member and groundwater activist Hays Town, said the aquifier in the city is over-pumped.

Duplachain said the Ground Water Commission has contacted a driller to test for a solution. 

To view the full audit from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, click here

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