Tuesday, May 15, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Due to a leak in the 24 inch water line from the Ruddock Well, Laplace residents were asked to conserve water as repairs were made to the system. Following a thorough investigation, it was determined that the leak was caused by a corrosive coupling along the water line. To make the necessary repairs, the system was isolated by shutting down the LaPlace Plant.
Although repairs were expected to take approximately 8 hours, they were completed in less than 3 hours. There was no break in services to residents because LaPlace had 3 million gallons of storage capacity at the time of the incident. Additionally, capacity for the LaPlace system was supplemented by water from the Lions Water Plant in Reserve. Normal water levels were maintained throughout the incident.
“These types of problems are inevitable with a system that depends on a water source more than 8 miles from the treatment facility. Fortunately, the Director of Utilities, Virgil Rayneri, and his staff have made upgrades and improvements to the water systems that allow for redundancy across systems,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this emergency situation,” she added.