St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John Utilities to Conduct Water System Maintenance in LaPlace

St. John Utilities to Conduct Water System Maintenance in LaPlace

The Utilities Department will conduct a water system maintenance project on Friday, January 28, 2011 through Monday, January 31, 2011.  This project involves the replacement of seventy (70) filters in stage two of the water filtration system at Station #3 in LaPlace.  Although this procedure is routine, efforts are underway to notify east bank residents of the project and the contingency plan, should one be needed.  During the project, it is important that all east bank residents conserve water and refrain from non-essential uses, such as filling pools, washing vehicles, flushing lines, and all other activities that require large quantities of water. 

All emergency personnel and departments have been notified of the project and the time-frame for completion.  In an effort to maintain adequate water capacity and pressure on the east bank, several subdivisions in LaPlace will be fed by the Lions Water Plant, which produces "harder" and "cooler" water.  Please do not be alarmed by this change, as the water remains safe to drink.  Subdivisions impacted by the change in water are LaPlace Park, New Era, Grove Park, Sugar Ridge and Foxwood as well as River Parish Hospital.  All other areas of LaPlace will remain on the Ruddock System. 

Employees of the Utilities Department and the contractors installing the filters will make every effort to complete this project in a timely fashion, but should there be a loss of pressure, additional precautions may be required.  Additionally, once the project is completed, testing by the Department of Health and Hospitals will be required prior to returning the system to full capacity.  Should there be any questions or concerns about the water, please call the St. John Parish Utilities Department at 985-651-6800 between 7:00 a.m and 3:30 p.m. on Friday.  Additional information can be found on the parish website at, tune in to channel 15, or check your messages from the First Call System.

The Administration has taken every step possible to facilitate timely completion of this project, as providing safe and clean water remains our number one priority.  Your cooperation and patience is greatly appreciated.