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Leesville receives money to update water system

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LEESVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The City of Leesville is receiving nearly $16.2 million in funding from USDA Rural Development and the State Department of Health and Hospitals to improve its water system.

The funding is a combination of a loan and a grant.

Leesville currently has from 25-30 water leaks at any given time. These upgrades will cut down on the city's monthly loss of money from the system.

"The city loses on average about 40,000,000 gallons of water a month in leaks," said Mayor Robert Rose. "That costs the city: that's not lost revenue, that's money out of the city's pocket, about $40,000 per month."

"The city anticipates, based on the engineering of this project that once it's done, that we will recover about $30,000 of that per month," said the mayor. 

The city council will vote on April 28 whether to accept the money. 
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