St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Parish Utilities Announces Water System Chlorine Flush

Parish Utilities Announces Water System Chlorine Flush

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

St. John the Baptist Parish -  Parish President Robottom announced Tuesday, September 11, 2018 that the St. John the Baptist Parish Utilities will be conducting a voluntary free chlorine flush beginning with Water Districts #1 and #2 (Edgard, Reserve, Garyville, Mt. Airy) this month. Due to the magnitude of customers on the LaPlace Water system, a chlorine flush for LaPlace will be forthcoming at a later time.

The chlorine flush for Water Districts #1 and #2 (Edgard, Reserve, Garyville & Mt. Airy) will begin on Monday, October 1 is expected to last 30 days.  The water is safe to drink during this time.

Free chlorine burns are routine maintenance and are designed to maintain clean water and minimize the potential for the occurrence of harmful bacteria in the water system.

During this free chlorine burn, the water disinfection process will be changed from chloramines to free chlorine which is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. Customers may notice open fire hydrants throughout the parish during this period to allow flushing of the system, which helps to remove sediment from the pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant. At the end of the free burn, the standard chemicals used for disinfections will be reintroduced to the system and be returned to normal operating conditions.

Possible Noticeable Effects: 

  • It is important to understand that during this temporary change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a slight chlorine odor or taste.If this is experienced you may want to run the water through the tap until it clears.

  • Minor pressure fluctuations and small air pockets may also occur.Fire hydrant flushing should remove a majority of the color and odor, but some may reach customer lines during the process.

Is the Water Safe to Drink?

  • Yes, the water is safe to drink throughout this process.Any odor and color issues will be nuisance only, which will subside as the flushing is completed.

  • Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time.

  • Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should consult their doctor to advise them if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures.

During normal business hours residents may call 985-651-6800 with any questions. St. John Parish appreciates the patience and understanding of its residents as it works to further improve the quality of the water for all customers.