St. Bernard Parish to do a chlorine burn of parish water system

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Residents in St. Bernard Parish might notice a chlorine smell in their tap water this week.

Due to the recent extreme cold weather, the automated heating system at St. Bernard Parish’s water treatment plant malfunctioned, causing leaks.

Parish officials say out of an abundance of caution, the parish will feed just Chlorine into the system for roughly one week.

-Customers may experience some discoloration or cloudiness and possibly detect the odor or taste of chlorine.  If this is experienced, please run the water through the tap until it clears

-The water is safe to drink throughout this process

-Boiling water is NOT necessary

-Customers that use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should properly monitor their process for complete neutralization of disinfectant residual

-Customers using water for aquariums should monitor the chlorine residuals

-The change in treatment is expected to last approximately one week

If you have any questions or issues, please call 504-271-1681.