Residents Encouraged to Conserve Water
Due to the current drought, the East Bank water plants are operating at maximum capacity at 8 million gallons per day. During this time, it is important that all East Bank residents conserve water and refrain from non-essential uses, such as watering lawns, filling pools, using water slides, washing vehicles, flushing lines, and all other activities that require large quantities of water. If available, residents and businesses are asked to set timers on sprinklers and only water during non-peak hours such as 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM. In addition, water conservation methods for daily activities such as washing clothes, flushing toilets, showering, and dish washing are encouraged to prevent future restrictions.
The St. John the Baptist Parish Utilities Department is currently monitoring all water plants and lines to ensure adequate water is available for all residents. “We ask that you please help us in conserving water during this peak period of water usage which will also lower water bills overall,” stated Parish President Natalie Robottom.
Water Conservation Tips:
- Turn off the water when brushing teeth; use cup of water to rinse with.
- When shaving, place water in basin or sink rather than having it run continually.
- Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads only.
- Minimize use of kitchen sink garbage disposal units.
- When washing dishes by hand, do not leave the water running for rinsing.
- Do not let the faucet run while you clean vegetables.
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.