Meeting about St. John water problems may get testy

RESERVE, LA (WVUE) - Concerns about an amoeba in the parish water system were expected to be raised Tuesday night at a public meeting in Reserve. State lawmakers are trying to get to the bottom of a situation that has angered many residents.

Despite assurances from parish officials that the water system is safe, concerns about the presence of the potentially dangerous organism are still causing problems in St John Parish.

Some residents have had brown water coming out of the tap while others have been reporting elevated levels of chlorine. Most are spending plenty of money on bottled water while the parish works on the problem.

Louisiana State Police and the state attorney general have been looking into whether chlorine levels were reported accurately or if they were falsified.

"With state lawmakers involved, we'll get more answers," said LaPlace resident Debbie Strick. "We don't know if this has been negligence, ineptness, or if they downright try to save money and it's criminal. With more people, we might learn more and not have a repeat."

The meeting was set to start at 6 p.m. at the Regala gym on Airline Highway.

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