PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. – The salt water intrusion on the Mississippi is affecting the water supply for Plaquemines Parish and water is now being received from Jefferson and Orleans parishes.
The salt water intrusion is due to historically low levels of water on the Mississippi River.
Since Jefferson and Orleans operate at lower water pressure, officials said residents will notice a slight reduction in water pressure. The reduced pressure is normal, according to officials.
"Plaquemines Parish is also pumping water from barges to the water intake located in Port Sulphur. These two processes, along with the sill being built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are helping combat the high chloride levels currently in the Mississippi River," said Caitlan Campbell, a spokesperson for the parish
Residents and businesses are asked to conserve water.
"The toe of the salt water wedge is located at mile marker 89 in the river which is in St. Bernard Parish. The area of high chloride levels begins approximately 15 miles downstream from the toe at mile marker 74 which is below Belle Chasse," said Campbell.