We visited the East Jefferson Water Works District #1 drinking water treatment facility in Jefferson Parish on Jefferson Highway. This is the main drinking water treatment facility for the Jefferson Parish. The plant serves 308,000 people. The source water is the Mississippi River. The boil water order was lifted on September 12, 2005.
We spoke briefly with the head operator. We were told that the plant never shut down during the storm. Five plant personnel stayed in the facility during Katrina and maintained operations. The Jefferson plant also served as a water source for Orleans Parish during the time that the boil water order was imposed in Carrollton. Tanker trucks were filled at the plant for use in institutions such as hospitals. Individuals did not receive water at the plant.
Submitted by James Jenson and Pavani Ram
October 19, 2005