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St. Joseph water tests positive for lead, unsafe for consumption
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December 30, 2016 -

ST. JOSEPH, La. (LRN) — 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.

State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says advises all residents not to drink the water, even if their samples did not contain high levels of lead.

“That could change on any day. So the preference and the word to them is not to use the water for consumption,” Guidry said.

Guidry says in many cases, they found that the lead was coming from pipes inside of the home. He says they are offering additional tests to make sure there aren’t other sources of lead in those homes that children could be exposed to.

“The environmental investigation is a thorough study at home that looks at any and all sources of lead. In addition to lead in the water, it looks at other sources such as paint and soil,” Guidry said.

Guidry says the state is providing residents in St. Joe with drinking water while they look into long term solutions. He says they are also encouraging parents in homes that did not pass the inspection to have their children tested for lead as well.

“We’re pushing for blood testing, especially in young children under six to make sure that no children have lead in their blood as a result of this,” Guidry said. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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