The city of Lafayette and its municipally owned water system are set to settle a long-running battle with the city of Broussard over a more than $825,000 bill Lafayette slapped Broussard with after the former discovered the latter had been getting water from a bypassed meter on Albertson Parkway for several years. The discovery and subsequent bill for past water usage prompted Broussard, after paying the bill, the seek a refund via a lawsuit.

But an ordinance on Tuesday’s City-Parish Council agenda would authorize Lafayette officials to settle the litigation. Terms of the deal include Lafayette refunding Broussard nearly $276,000 from the original bill — Lafayette would still keep $550,000 of the original bill — as well as establishing terms and conditions on an amended wholesale water contract that will expire in seven years.

Read the ordinance here.

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