Lafayette,LA - The town of Port Barre has reported that the low water pressure issue has not yet been resolved. All schools will be virtual tomorrow. Port Barre High and elementary students were dismissed early due to low water pressure.
Port Barre High teacher, Graham Beduze says the adminstration did their best with the transition of letting parents know that school would be closing early. "The school has to be dependent on the city, and the city is having problems with the water so we get it bad things happen but our administration took control. They advocated for the kids and understood these conditions were not good.
Mayor John P. Ardoin says the low water pressure is because they have started repairing the ground storage tanks. "We had to empty our tanks so that somebody could come in and they are going to align the inside and fix all of the rust spots on the outside and fix the cover."
The town has been under a boil advisory since last week. The Office of Public Health's Engineering Services wants to remind residents that under a boil advisory is issued to protect public health when the water quality is unknown and could be contaminated.
Through a 500,000 grant from the state, the Mayor believes the new improvements that are currently in the works will make the water not only better but safer for residents to use. "We'll be able to do a lot more with it, with the chemicals and stuff that we put. This plant is probably thirty, thirty-five years old, and we'll be bringing it up to current levels it should be."
This is only phase one of getting the pumps working correctly. The Mayor asks that residents be patient as he tries to make sure that the water problems they are having don't happen in the future. "This is something that will improved the water qaulity in the town of port barre. Just be patient with us its going to take time. It's just something you have to deal with when you want to upgrade your system."
The town of Port Barre is the second small-town water system to force closures for schools in the last few weeks after experiencing low water pressure, St. Martinville being the first. Officials ask that residents boil their water for at least one full minute before consuming water. The town will update on the advisory when it is lifted.