Rayville residents continue to experience black, dirty water despite upgrades


(5/29/19) Hollie McCormick is one resident of Rayville that is still experiencing black and dirty water, despite multiple upgrades to the town’s water system. It’s being upgraded over three phases, and two out of three have been completed. The upgrades have replaced old cast iron and clay pipes with PVC.

An internet outage within the water treatment plant caused the plant to go offline, which resulted in a drop in water pressure.

Mayor Harry Lewis says this has reduced the number of poor water quality incidents within city limits. However, there are still some households that receive water through old pipes. When the water pressure is lowered, dirty water can result.

But in McCormick’s case, she and her family/neighbors live well within the city limits. She says that despite living next to the water tower, black water still comes out of her faucet. She personally has not witnessed any work regarding the upgraded lines.

Mayor Lewis says phase three should help fix the remaining issues with the town’s water. He also encourages residents to call city hall of they’re receiving dirty water. The number to call is (318) 728-2011.

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