The St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services, in partnership with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, has nearly completed on-site sewerage system inspections in areas of Slidell, as it continues to implement grant-funded initiatives to study and improve the water quality throughout the parish.

Preliminary test results show a 400 percent improvement in biochemical oxygen demand, which is an indicator of water quality.

Thousands of individual aerated treatment units and septic tanks are installed at homes throughout unincorporated St. Tammany. While these sewer systems are required to be permitted by the state Department of Health, many fail to meet current, more-stringent design standards, which could contribute to the decline of parish surface water quality.

As part of the initiatives, and through a decentralized management approach, inspectors have been performing the inspections in areas of known impaired water quality since October 2016.

Inspections began in the Ozone Woods subdivision near Slidell and are near completion. Additional inspections will follow in the Bayou Liberty watershed, also near Slidell.

In the Abita River watershed, inspections are underway in the Tammany Hills subdivision. In the Bayou Cane watershed, inspections were completed in the Hidden Pines subdivision in Mandeville and inspections are underway in areas of unincorporated Mandeville.

Systems found to be out of compliance with applicable laws and regulations will be required to make necessary changes. Financial assistance may be available for low- to moderate-income households for repair or replacement. The inspector will leave information with homeowners on types of financial assistance available and how to qualify.

Data collected in these inspections will be used to assist in determining the best courses of action to take to improve water quality. 

For more information, visit www.stpgov.org/initiatives/water-quality.

Job fair Thursday 

The Northshore Fall Fest Job Fair will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, in Mandeville. Sponsored by Tri-Parish Works-St. Tammany Business & Career Solutions, parish government and parish recreation district No. 1, the job fair will feature more than 40 employers seeking a variety of employees. More than 1,000 jobs are available for qualified or trainable applicants.

Entry and midlevel opportunities are available, as well as technical and trade positions.

Job applicants can register for free at www.triparishworks.net. The fair will be held at the Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Park Drive, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bring resume copies, dress for success and find the right opportunity for starting or advancing a career.

For more information, contact Jennifer Barnett at (985) 646-6410 or at jbarnett.laworks@gmail.com