For Immediate Release

June 2, 2014

Contact: Tammy Sharp

Media Relations




Water issues on Nelda Drive pose no safety threat

LEESVILLE-In response to calls earlier in the day, the City of Leesville's water treatment operator is flushing certain lines to alleviate problems with sediment that has caused discoloration of the water for some customers in the Nelda Drive area.


Despite the color, the water is considered safe and poses no health risks if it is consumed. A boil advisory or other precautionary measure is not required. The water may stain clothes, so it is best advised to wait until the lines have been flushed to do any washing or such housekeeping items.


The water discoloration is expected to go away within several hours.


"Of course, we take it seriously if someone is concerned about the quality of their water," said City Administrator Courtney Christian. "We've been investigating the issue and have discovered at least two things that are impacting the color of the water for the Nelda Drive residents who alerted us to the problem."

First, contractors have been working throughout the City to repair broken water lines. Workers have primarily been using valves to isolate the affected areas. However, the valves direct water flow in different directions than its normal path, which can cause sediment to enter the lines.  

In addition, workers discovered this afternoon that a line from the potassium permanganate pumping system at the South Plant had a pinhole leak. This chemical is used to soften the water or control iron in its composition. The line is being repaired and will be back in running order within the next couple of hours.

The City thanks the water customers and residents who reported the issue and urges anyone who experiences any disruptions or other issues concerning their water service from the City to promptly report it by calling Public Works at 337-239-2995. 

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