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Fourth Judicial Court Judge Alvin Sharp dismissed a suit, the town of Sterlington filed in an attempt to get drinking water pipes from Greater Ouachita Water Co. He determined that the suit was filed prematurely.

In his ruling, Sharp said “the board of aldermen should have passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor to file the suit in accordance with state law before it was filed.”

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Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a Public Health Emergency for the Town of St. Joseph in north Louisiana. Residents are advised to use an alternative source for drinking water.

On December 15, test results conducted by the Office of Public Health showed elevated levels of lead in two samples – a private residence and the Town Hall. Results also showed two other sites with elevated levels of copper – both were private residences.

In the mid-1970s I lived for a while on an old homestead in the shadow of Driskill Mountain, the highest elevation in Louisiana.  There the sole source of water for drinking, cooking, washing, and life in general was a small spring behind the dog-trot house.  For many people in the hill parishes, shallow hand-dug wells and springs provided water until subsidized community water systems, which relied on deep bored wells, were developed.  Dependable springs, in particular, were a treasured resource on any property.