Largest Water Infrastructure Enhancement in St. Tammany History Continues in Slidell with New Water Towers

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Parish President Mike Cooper ceremoniously broke ground on the next phase of the largest water infrastructure investment in parish history Tuesday, two water towers benefiting the Cross Gates Water System.

“This groundbreaking renews our commitment to the citizens of St. Tammany to continue to provide safe drinking water,” said President Cooper. “I am thankful for our staff, Team Tammany, who worked tirelessly to bring these dollars back to our citizens, as well as our Northshore Legislative Delegation and the Parish Council. Ensuring that our citizens and community has reliable, safe water infrastructure will always be a top priority of my administration.”

The $6.8 million project providing two 400,000-gallon elevated water tanks, is part of the first phase of the East St. Tammany Water Consolidation. The entire initiative totals $23 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding, and includes six miles of new water main, a new well, two generators and remote monitoring technology.

At the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, President Cooper was joined by councilmen Jeff Corbin and David Cougle, as well as Department of Utilities staff and project contractors.

Councilman Jeff Corbin added, “I have met with Department of Utility staff and I have reviewed and support the improvement plans currently underway. Once the project is complete, the Parish will have the tools in place to ensure the Cross Gates System operates efficiently and effectively.”

Once completed, the first phase of the East St. Tammany Water Consolidation will benefit 8,100 citizens.

"One of my central campaign issues was the Cross Gates water system,” said Councilman David Cougle. I am excited as we move forward with these new water towers and related infrastructure investments, and will continue working to ensure residents have confidence in their water system."

In addition to providing new infrastructure, the consolidation will provide secondary water sources, offer much needed storage capacity and fire protection and provide resiliency through severe, significant weather.

In addition to Water Sector Phase 1, St. Tammany Parish Government actively pursued and was awarded $62 million for Water Sector Phase 2, focusing on creating resiliency, consolidating water systems and improving water quality within Department of Utilities systems in Slidell and the Madisonville/Covington areas.

Project renderings available below. Click here to download.

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