Seeking Higher Ground

Gulf Coast Plumbing deals effectively with challenging soils while building a business based on friendships with customers
Seeking Higher Ground
Owner Woody Watson, left, and technician Phillip Butler inspect the placement of an aerobic treatment unit from Delta Environmental. Gulf Coast Plumbing has provided reliable service for 26 years around Belle Chasse, La. (Photography by Sean Gardner)

There isn’t much high ground south of New Orleans. Contour lines on topographic maps are far apart, and the water table is always close to the surface.

In an area where 15 to 20 percent of newly installed onsite systems fail due to high-water issues, Woody Watson has been...

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