- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

JONESBORO, La. (AP) - A Jackson Parish water system has received a $405,000 low-interest loan from the state to help install a new well to increase drinking water production for the area’s growing population.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/1yD822i ) the money will be used to build a third well at the Caney Lake booster station site.

The Department of Health and Hospital’s Office of Public Health awarded the money to Weston Water System Inc. through the state’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program.

The water system currently serves about 1,350 people

“We’re grateful for the low-interest loan which makes this project possible and affordable,” said A. E. “Sonny” Stephens, president of the Weston Water System.

Congress established the program in 1996 as part of the amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. The program is jointly funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the individual participating states.

Loans made through the program have a maximum 20-year repayment period.

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