- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - Two deep water wells that once were a part of an eight-well system in Mansfield have been transferred to the owner of the property where they are located.

The Times reported (http://bit.ly/1wAXuQe) the move by the Board of Aldermen all but eliminates the city’s backup water source, even though the wells haven’t been used in at least a year.

Instead, the city is working with its engineers and DeSoto Waterworks District 1 to tie onto the parishwide water system.

The district already has the capability of drawing water from Mansfield in an emergency. Another connection, likely at a spot on Louisiana Highway 175 where both systems have parallel lines, will allow Mansfield to do the same.

Keeping chlorine at acceptable levels after last year’s discovery of brain-eating amoeba in water supplies pushed Mansfield away from its water wells, public works director Jim Ruffin said.

Ruffin is confident even without the water wells, Mansfield will have enough of a supply even during emergencies.

Millions of dollars have been spent in recent years to significantly upgrade the water treatment plant and the entire water distribution system. Each pumping station is equipped with backup pumps, and generators are now located at each site to ensure water flows during electrical outages.

Waterworks district administrator John Neilson said it shouldn’t be expensive for either system to create a connection so that water can be shared when needed.

The district’s treatment plant is located on the Toledo Bend reservoir.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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