|Posted on 3/6/2017 1:41:00 PM.|
The town of St. Joseph is finally getting a brand new water system and Governor John Bel Edwards was on hand today for the groundbreaking. Deputy Chief of Staff Julie Baxter Payer says this was a very important milestone for the Tensas Parish town.
|st. joseph, tensas parish, julie baxter payer, john bel edwards, water|
|Posted on 1/4/2017 11:32:00 AM.|
Water systems across Louisiana are increasing fees to help
with increased state inspections. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says there’s
always been a fee to pay for state inspections but the legislature and governor
agreed to increase the fee by another 75-cents per month starting in January,
because health risks are getting higher.
|water systems, St. Joseph, drinking water, Jimmy Guidry|
|Posted on 12/30/2016 12:34:00 PM.|
Water testing results from more than 400 residences in the town of St. Joseph showed that at least 90 came back positive for levels of lead not safe for consumption. On December 16th, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a public health emergency for the town after two samples showed high levels, and he ordered testing of every household.
|Dr. Jimmy Guidry, St. Joseph, water, |
|Posted on 12/19/2016 11:20:00 AM.|
Governor John Bel Edwards is meeting with residents of St. Joseph today, after a public health emergency was declared in the small Tensas Parish town. Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office, Julie Baxter Payer, says high levels of lead and copper were found in two water samples in St. Joe.
|St. Joseph, water. John Bel Edwards, lead, copper, public health emergency|
|Posted on 6/9/2016 12:57:00 PM.|
The mayor of St. Joseph is at the center of a criminal investigation by Louisiana State Police. Earlier this year a legislative auditor accused Mayor Ed Brown of mismanaging St. Joe’s finances, and the auditor outlined several possible crimes he may have committed. But Trooper Michael Reichardt says Brown has not been arrested yet.
|Michael Reichardt, St. Joseph, Ed Brown|
|Posted on 6/6/2016 11:53:00 AM.|
A small Tensas parish town is one step closer to having clean water after being plagued by murky brown tap water for the better part of a decade. The town of St. Joseph has agreed to appoint a fiscal administrator so audits on the town can be cleared up and work can begin to repair the town’s water system. The governor’s Communications Director, Richard Carbo says getting a fiscal administrator is a step in the right direction.
|St. Joseph, Richard Carbo, |
|Posted on 5/9/2016 4:53:00 AM.|
Key members of the Governor’s staff are in St. Joseph where brown water is flowing from faucets in the Tensas Parish town. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Julie Baxter Payer, says they are there to inform St. Joseph residents about what’s being done to improve the drinking water.
|Julie Baxter Payer, St. Joseph, water|
|Posted on 4/17/2016 3:17:00 PM.|
St. Joseph residents are seeking help from the state about their water, which has been yellow to dark brown for years. They went before the House Natural Resources Committee and gave emotional testimony. Rev. Dr. Samuel Johnson says the water is causing health issues in the small Tensas Parish town.
|Samuel Johnson, Roy Bowman, Wanda Bowman, St. Joseph|
|Posted on 3/8/2016 11:24:00 AM.|
Residents of St. Joseph are petitioning the state government for better water. Garrett Boyte, a resident of St. Joseph, says the water there has been yellow or murky brown for over 10 years. Boyte and others from the town met with Governor John Bel Edwards and state legislators to discuss upping the minimum standards for water in Louisiana.
|Garrett Boyte, St. Joseph|
|Posted on 2/2/2016 10:56:00 AM.|
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, are reviewing concerns about water quality in the Tensas Parish town of St. Joseph. Residents have reported brown, murky water coming from faucets in the town.
|water quality, Tensas, St. Joseph, Louisiana, Jimmy Guidry, DHH|
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