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PLAQUEMINESPARISH, La. - Now that Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency, a water tanker will provide Plaquemines Parish residents relief.

Bulk water is provided to anyone living in the lower end of Plaquemines Parish on the Westbank.

Residents can bring containers to the Buras Fire Station on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to pick up the water. The station is located at 35410 Hwy. 11.

The salt water wedge moving up the Mississippi River threatens Plaquemines' water supply and spurred on a drinking water advisory.

Low Mississippi River levels allowed salt water from Gulf of Mexico to flow north. This affected the fresh water systems, especially in Lower Plaquemines with higher salt levels, slightly salty taste and odor.

Parish leaders said water is safe to drink, but those on dialysis and restricted salt diets should check with doctors.

Water will be provided daily until barges can disperse fresh water into the Port Sulphur water intake location, officials said.

The parish is pumping water from Orleans and Jefferson to aid the Belle Chasse water treatment plant, using barges to supplement supplies to plants in the lower part of the parish.

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