Jan 9, 2014 6:13 PM by MELISSA CANONE
(JAN. 9, 2014) Cecilia schools will be open tomorrow, in spite of the boil advisory.
A number of parents, all with the same story, contacted KATC Wednesday alleging that the bathrooms at Cecilia High School weren't working, and that students were using the restroom in five-gallon buckets.
Superintendent of schools, Lottie Beebe, said it was all a rumor. Beebe said eight parish maintenance workers had been assigned to assist schools across the parish with bathroom issues, using buckets of water to flush toilets because of the low water pressure. Beebe stated the toilets are operable and will be tomorrow.
St. Martin Parish school officials say they are following the State Department of Health and Hospitals guidelines and are taking the necessary precautions in light of parents concerns over the water issues.
The Cecilia Water System is currently under a boil advisory because of low water pressure caused by the recent freeze.
System officials say water is back on and that all water mains have been repaired. However, they say because demand for water exceeds the amount available, water pressure remains below the legal threshold.
Samples will be collected for testing. The boil advisory will be lifted only after the Department of Health and Hospitals declares the water safe for consumption.
Residents are advised to boil their water for one full minute after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. Water should be boiled prior to all consumption, including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, or food preparation.