Friday, September 19, 2014
WEST MONROE, LA -- West Monroe's waste water treatment plant should soon be more efficient.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the city -- to add solar panels.
The panels will reduce the amount of electricity needed.
"This project will create enough electricity for us to reduce our energy demand... Our purchase of electricity by about 25 to 35 percent," said Mayor Dave Norris of West Monroe.
The waste water treatment plant will reduce the amount of water pulled from the Sparta Aquifer by recycling around 5 million gallons of waste water per day.
That water is then used by Graphic Packaging.