St. John Parish awarded $5.5 million for water system improvements

St. John, La. - The Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Public Health has awarded $5.5 million to the St. John the Baptist Waterworks Districts 1 and 2 through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program.

The loan will help the system improve and update St. John Parish's drinking water system.

The money will be used to implement several improvements to the Districts' aging drinking water systems. The improvements will take place in two phases.

Phase one includes replacing valves at the system's elevated storage tanks, which will help maintain pressure in the system, adjustments and upgrades to the water intake structure at the Lions Pump Station, which will allow it to operate at full capacity year-round, and replacement of old filters at the Lions Treatment Plant to improve reliability and increase capacity.

Phase 2, to be constructed at a later date, includes a water main beneath the Mississippi River to connect the Lions Water Treatment Plant on the east bank to the Edgard Water Treatment Plant on the west bank, which will provide a backup water supply to the west bank customers.