Public Notices

Utilities, Inc. of Louisiana Joyce Water Supply is currently in violation of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids as set forth by the State [Part XII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code (LAC 51:Xll)] and the Federal Primary Drinking Water Regulations (40 CFR Part 141).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) set drinking water standards and requires the disinfection of drinking water. Where disinfection is used in the treatment of drinking water, disinfectants combine with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter present in water to form chemicals called disinfection byproducts (DBPs). EPA and LDHH set standards for controlling the levels of disinfectants and DBPs in drinking water, including trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acid (HAAs).

Some people who drink water containing THMs in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Some people who drink water containing HAA5s in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

In December 1998, EPA set enforceable drinking water standards for TTHMs at 80 parts per billion (ppb) and for HAA5 at 60 parts per billion (ppb) to reduce the risk of cancer or other adverse health effects. Compliance with the TTHMs and HAA5 standards for public water systems servicing less than 10,000 individuals initially became effective and enforceable on January 1, 2004. Compliance with the TTHMs standard is determine by calculating a locational running annual average (LRRA) of quarterly TTHMs sample results. Compliance calculations performed for the fourth quarter of 2020 show that the system’s current TTHMs LRAAs are 95 ppb at sample location DBP01 – 6758 Hwy 84 and 94 ppb at sample location DBP02 – 340 Louisiana. Thus, the system is currently in violation of TTHMs standards.

Construction of the GAC (granulated activated charcoal) system has been completed and the filtration system is now online. The GAC system will assist with the reduction of TTHM and HAA5 concentrations. UIL has kept LDH informed of our progress.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. If you have any questions, contact the UIL Compliance Administrator at 985-893-6646 – Opt. 2.

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. EPA and LDH do not consider this violation to have any serious adverse health effects on human health as a result of short-term exposure; however, continued long-term exposure to TTHMs and HAA5 levels above the standard (e.g., 20 years of exposure) has the potential to have serious adverse effects on human health. 

Utilities, Inc. of Louisiana Paradise Point Water Supply is currently in violation of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids as set forth by the State [Part XII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code (LAC 51:Xll)] and the Federal Primary Drinking Water Regulations (40 CFR Part 141).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) set drinking water standards and requires the disinfection of drinking water. Where disinfection is used in the treatment of drinking water, disinfectants combine with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter present in water to form chemicals called disinfection byproducts (DBPs). EPA and LDHH set standards for controlling the levels of disinfectants and DBPs in drinking water, including trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acid (HAAs).

Some people who drink water containing THMs in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Some people who drink water containing HAA5s in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

In December 1998, EPA set enforceable drinking water standards for TTHMs at 80 parts per billion (ppb) and for HAA5 at 60 parts per billion (ppb) to reduce the risk of cancer or other adverse health effects. Compliance with the TTHMs and HAA5 standards for public water systems servicing less than 10,000 individuals initially became effective and enforceable on January 1, 2004. Compliance with the TTHMs standard is determine by calculating a locational running annual average (LRRA) of quarterly TTHMs sample results. Compliance calculations performed for the fourth quarter of 2020 show that the system’s current TTHMs LRAAs are 83 ppb at sample location DBP01 – 119 Eden Drive. Thus, the system is currently in violation of TTHMs standards.

UIL will be installing by the end of February an automatic flush valve. The automatic flush valve will assist with the reduction of TTHM and HAA5 concentrations. UIL has kept LDH informed of our progress.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. If you have any questions, contact the UIL Compliance Administrator at 985-893-6646 – Opt. 2.

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. EPA and LDH do not consider this violation to have any serious adverse health effects on human health as a result of short-term exposure; however, continued long-term exposure to TTHMs and HAA5 levels above the standard (e.g., 20 years of exposure) has the potential to have serious adverse effects on human health.

JACKSON PARISH TOURISM BOARD
Minutes for Meeting Held March 2, 2021

PLACE OF MEETING: The Sunshine Room 160 Industrial Dr., Jonesboro, LA 71251
Roll Call: D. Slezak, D. Barlow, C. Weeks, K. Spangler, J. Smith with C. Bowden being absent.
Invocation and Pledge: C. Weeks gave the invocation with J. Smith leading the pledge
Public Comments / Recognition of Guests: n/a
Approval of Minutes of the December 2020 meeting: Motion made by D. Barlow and second by J. Smith to approve the minutes as presented. All in favor.
Approval of the December 2020 Financials and Pay Bills: Motion made by J. Smith and second by K. Spangler to approve the financials as presented. All in favor.
a. Renew the LTA yearly membership – the board agreed to renew the basic membership for $405.
b. Review future accounting and audit fees – amounts have been set aside for 2021 accounting fees.
c. Renew the domain name/email address – all agreed to renew the yearly subscription.
Review Old Business:
a. 2021 Art Contest – deadline of Friday, April 30, 2021. D Barlow has been in contact with the area schools.
b. Rack card ideas – The board will solicit photos from the general public.
c. Ideas on promotional items – Motion made by D. Barlow with a second by K. Spangler to purchase
promotional items with amount not to exceed $2,000,order 500 floating key chains, 1,000 magnets, 1,000 fans.
d. LTA Annual Meeting – Due to membership change no one will attend the annual meeting.
e. Discuss hiring procedures – the board decided to not hire anyone at this time.
Discuss New Business:
C. Weeks informed the board that the Police Jury will be staggering the next round of appointments.
Other Business:
a. Election of officers for 2021 –
• D. Barlow nominated D. Slezak to the position of Secretary/Treasurer – second by K. Spangler, motion passed, closed by J. Smith.
• D. Barlow nominated C. Weeks to the position of Chair – second by J. Smith, and motion passed, closed by D. Slezak.
• D. Slezak nominated D. Barlow to the position of Vice Chair – second by K. Spangler, motion passed, closed by D. Slezak.
b. Meeting Location – C. Weeks made the motion with a second by D. Barlow to set the location of future meetings to be held in the Sunshine Room in the JPPJ Office Building at 160 Industrial Dr., Jonesboro, LA 71251 – motion passed.
c. Meeting Date – Motion made by D. Slezak to hold future meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Sunshine Room
d. Resignation from Philip Lawrence – Jackson Parish Tourism Board appreciates the 3 years of service and
contributions Mr. Lawrence has put forth in building the tourism for Jackson Parish.
Adjournment: 7:07 PM Motion by D. Barlow with a second by J. Smith to adjourn the meeting. Next meeting
scheduled for Tuesday, April 20th at 5:30PM

 

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