BOSSIER, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Port Caddo Bossier is set to begin a new project that will expand the Bossier City waterline.
The additional 2,000 acres of land adjacent to the main port complex will be the source of water connected to the now 400-acre port complex where users can tap into approximately 10 million gallons of water a day.
The Red River Water Treatment Plant handles 50 million gallons of water a day. In a media statement, The Port Caddo-Bossier (PCB) stated, that the city is not utilizing the plant to its full capabilities.
PCB said the hope for the new Port Waterline is to increase the gallons of clean water produced and sold to new Port tenants potentially making $1.7 million for the city.
The expansion will allow water to move from Bossier City, beginning at Parkway High School through the newly upgraded Red River Water Treatment plant and connect the waterline to the Port Caddo Bossier property, targeting the west side of Highway 1.
Organizers say this will create hundreds to thousands of new jobs in the area.
“This project shows Bossier City’s commitment to The Port and economic development,” said Mayor Tommy Chandler, Bossier City Mayor.
The goal of this project is not only to enhance the water system but bring new job opportunities to the Shreveport-Bossier area.
“I truly believe the residents of Bossier City will benefit greatly from this venture,” said Bossier City Councilman David Montgomery. ” By allowing The Port to tap into our water system, we will increase city revenue and at the same time create new jobs for our residents.”
The port commission will be responsible for the repayment of the loans acquired to complete this project.
Executive Director of the Caddo Parish Board of Commission, Eric England says, “Today is a landmark day, this $35 million project will provide another source of water to the Caddo Bossier Port Complex while we have water in place today this will be a redundant source of water for our existing tenants, and a new source of water for our new tenants.”
England says the citizens of Bossier City will not owe any money.
The construction of the project is estimated to take a year to complete.