Drinking Water

December 16, 2016
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a Public Health Emergency for the Town of St. Joseph in North Louisiana. Residents are advised to use an alternative source for drinking water. On Dec. 15, 2016 test results conducted by the Office of Public Health showed elevated levels of lead in two samples – a private residence and the Town Hall. Also, there were two other sites with elevated levels of copper – both were private residences. The Town of St. Joseph has experienced water problems for years due to the poorly maintained and deteriorating water distribution system. Frequent breaks in the water distribution system provide a potential health risk because of the drop in water pressure.
August 17, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health advises all Louisiana residents to be aware of the dangers flood waters pose and to take all appropriate precautions.
August 16, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health offers advice to Louisiana residents with private drinking water wells and to restaurants that are in areas affected by the recent storm system that caused flooding throughout the state.
April 05, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) recently awarded an $800,000 loan to the Town of Jackson through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. This low-interest subsidized loan will help improve infrastructure for the water system.
March 26, 2016
Tests ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and performed by a certified lab have confirmed that the water in Donaldsonville is safe to drink. As such, the do not drink the water advisory has been lifted.
March 22, 2016
This evening, Louisiana State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry, MD, notified the Peoples Water System of Donaldsonville, LA that it must immediately change how it treats it drinking water after a routine inspection discovered possible elevated levels of chlorine dioxide in the treatment system. The directive is to make the change from using chlorine dioxide immediately this evening, March 22, 2016.
March 15, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals offers advice to Louisiana residents with private drinking water wells and to restaurants that are in areas affected by last week’s storm system that caused flooding throughout the state. Also, a fourth death that is attributed to the storm has been confirmed by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner.
February 19, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals awarded a $2.1 million loan to Waterworks District No. 1 of Avoyelles Parish through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. This low-interest subsidized loan will benefit Avoyelles Parish residents by enabling improvements to the drinking water system.
February 05, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have joined together to review citizen concerns about the St. Joseph Water System in Tensas Parish.