St. John east bank residents asked to conserve water

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 28, 2011



LAPLACE – St. John the Baptist Parish officials are asking east bank residents to conserve water this weekend while the utilities department performs maintenance at the LaPlace water treatment plant.

Parish Spokesperson Paige Braud said the parish is replacing about 70 filters at the Parishes reverse osmosis filtration plant in LaPlace that have begun to deteriorate. The filters remove impurities from parish tap water pulled from wells in Ruddock.

Braud said the project began Friday and should be completed by Monday. She said the maintenance is routine and the water will remain safe to drink, but the plant is not running at full capacity. She said the conservation plan is in place as a contingency should pressure in the lines drop.

“The parish is asking residents to refrain from activities like washing cars, flushing lines and filling swimming pools, which require large quantities of water,” Braud said. “The parish is rerouting water from the Lions treatment plant in Reserve in order to supplement the LaPlace water supply.”

Braud said affected residents were notified through the parish’s First Call telephone messaging system. The parish will also run updates on the parish’s public access station channel 15.

Braud said residents of LaPlace Park, New Era, Grove Park, Sugar Ridge and Foxwood as well as River Parish Hospital will be turned over to the Lions system and will notice a change in tap water. She said the Lions plant produces cooler water than the LaPlace plant because water is pulled from the Mississippi River.

The maintenance is being performed over the weekend because schools are not in session, thus minimizing the demand on the system.