Louisiana town of 1200 finally has safe tapwater
ST. JOSEPH, La.
(AP) – The tap water in a Louisiana town of 1,200 is safe to drink, after more than a year on bottled water.
St. Joseph, the Tensas Parish seat, now has more than 14 miles (23 kilometers) of new water lines, 125 new fire hydrants, about 525 new electronic water meters, a new water plant and new wells, the governor’s office said in a news release.
The old water plant also was overhauled.
"After living for more than 10 years with discolored water, the people of St. Joseph now have a new water treatment and distribution plant that is fully operational, providing high-quality drinking water daily to homes, schools and businesses," he said in a news release.
After state tests found elevated lead and copper levels in Town Hall and three homes, Edwards ordered tests at all homes, schools and businesses.
The state has been supplying bottles and tanks of water since the emergency declaration, with more bottles from the town and volunteers.
"The latest test results show that the water quality is better than it has been in more than a decade.
This new system is producing water that is clean and safe."