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Drinking Water in Melville (2019)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Melville, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-02-08

Duration: 00:06:22

Subjects: Rural areas | WATER SUPPLY


  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Editor
  • Hendrix, Velma Interviewee
  • Haynes, Willie, III Interviewee
  • Cannatella, Grant Interviewee
  • Clark, Michael Interviewee


This segment from the February 8, 2019, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Natasha Williams’ report on the struggles facing the town of Melville in St. Landry Parish, including the need to replace the town’s 60-year-old water system. Williams reports that the town of Melville has received a $4.3 million federal grant to upgrade the water system, which was named one of the state’s ten most distressed water systems by the Edwards Administration. She interviews: Melville Mayor Velma Hendrix; former Melville Mayor Willie Haynes III; Grant Cannatella, business owner; and Michael Clark, former town council member.