The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health awarded a $550,000 loan to the Town of Sunset through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund.

The low-interest subsidized loan will help improve the Town of Sunset’s Water System.

The low-interest loan also allows the city not to have to pay back up to $110,000 of the loan for this project.

The loan will fund a project that includes the installation of a complete automatic meter reading system throughout the town, including leak detection and software to interface with the current utility billing system. Additionally, all broken, malfunctioning and aged meters will be replaced with new water meters.

LDH and Town of Sunset officials closed the loan on Dec. 28, 2017.

“The town administration and the citizens of Sunset are looking forward to the enhancements that the installation of the automatic meter reading system will bring to our water system operations and the overall growth and development plans for our community,” said Mayor Charles James.

Dr. Parham Jaberi, assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health said it is imperative that all Louisiana residents have access to safe drinking water.

“Access to safe drinking water is critical to all Louisiana residents. The Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund helps keep water systems up-to-date, bringing safe and clean drinking water to their customers,” Jaberi said.