- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Department of Health and Hospitals has awarded an $800,000 loan to improve a Louisiana town’s water system.

The department announced Tuesday that the town of Jackson in East Feliciana Parish closed the low-interest, subsidized loan on March 24.

The money will pay for construction of a water well to replace a well that will be abandoned due to water quality concerns. A new emergency generator system also will be installed at the new well site.

Funds for the project are coming from the state’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, which is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Jackson Mayor Charles Coleman said in a statement that a new well is a “critical need” for the town.

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