Gov. Edwards heads to St. Joseph for meeting on water emergency

Gov. Edwards heads to St. Joseph for meeting on water emergency

(WVUE) - Elevated lead levels in two locations in St. Joseph prompted Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards or order testing for every home in the area.

Edwards will travel to St. Joseph today to attend a community meeting to discuss the water situation.

On Friday, Edwards declared a public health emergency in the town after test results conducted by the Office of Public Health showed elevated levels of lead in two samples – a private residence and the Town Hall.

Located in Tensas Parish, along the Mississippi River between Natchez and Vicksburg, the town of St. Joseph has experienced water problems for years, according to a statement released by Edwards' office

Frequent breaks in the water distribution system provide a potential health risk because of the drop in water pressure.

While initial test results show that the instances of elevated lead and copper levels are exclusive to the two locations tested, Edwards ordered testing of every household in the town within four weeks.

After declaring the state of emergency, the state provided a 30-day supply of bottled water to St. Joseph residents.

Each individual is eligible to receive three liters of water per day.

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