The Aquarius Award is a national award that recognizes a particular program for their focus on sustainability and protection of public health. Once nominated by the Louisiana Department of Health, St. Bernard’s project was selected over projects across five states in Region 6 including Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico.
St. Bernard Parish Government obtained funding from Louisiana Department of Health’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWRLF) for a large “Water Main Replacement” project to address their old and deteriorating cast iron water mains. The project was divided into two phases and two loans. In 2015, the parish received $11-million to construct the first phase and in 2017 they received another $13-million to construct the second phase. Additionally, the parish received $1,000,000 of the funds without having to pay it back.
Through these loans, over 15 miles of cast iron pipe were replaced with new larger PVC water mains. A new 6 mile long large PVC water distribution line was installed along with a booster pump station to increase water quality and pressure to all residents in Eastern St. Bernard Parish. Currently, St. Bernard Parish Government is seeking a third loan for approximately $10-million to continue making similar drinking water system improvements.