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Louisiana town of 1200 finally has safe tapwater

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - The tapwater in a Louisiana town of 1,200 is safe to drink, after more than a year.

St. Joseph, the Tensas (TEN-saw) Parish seat, now has more than 14 miles (23 kilometers) of new water lines.

Gov. John Bel Edwards traveled there Tuesday to celebrate the new system.

He said in a news release that the town has dealt for more than a decade with discolored water and water lines that often broke, causing low water pressure and possible contamination.

After state tests found elevated lead and copper levels in four buildings, Edwards ordered tests at all homes, schools and businesses.

He declared a public health emergency in December 2016. The state has been supplying bottles and tanks of water since then, with more bottles from the town and volunteers.

This story has been corrected to fix name of town in 2nd paragraph.

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