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Washington Parish President Richard Thomas would like to advise all citizens that the water advisory for the Bogue Chitto River has been lifted!

Recreational Water Advisory Lifted
September 23, 2016
Baton Rouge, La. – State health and environmental officials report that residents can resume use of the Bogue Chitto River in Louisiana for recreational purposes.

Officials in Mississippi have also lifted a similar advisory for the portion of the river in Mississippi.

This updated advice follows water testing results that show bacteria levels to be below the threshold of concern of 400 cfu/100 ml (colony-forming unit per milliliter) in the Louisiana sections of the river south of the site of a levee breach at the City of Brookhaven’s wastewater treatment plant last Friday.

The breach resulted in the discharge of approximately 1.3 million gallons of storm water-diluted sewage to the river.  Earlier this week, Mississippi officials corrected the estimated size of release from six million gallons to 1.3 million gallons.

Results from water samples taken at six sites in Louisiana by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality this week, as well as tests conducted by the Mississippi DEQ during the week, showed bacteria levels to be below the level of concern for water contact.



The Mount Hermon Water District of Washington Parish is issuing a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) as a precaution to portions of the water District... due to a drop in pressure in some areas because of a contractor breaking a water line on Hwy 438. Affected areas are North of Silver Creek, specifically along Hwy 438, Hwy 1055, River Road, Bill Simmons Road, Holmesville Road and Frankie Miller Road. This BWA does NOT affect the Mount Hermon School. Affected customers should consider boiling their water for 1 minute prior to human consumption. This BWA will be in effect until samples can be collected and analyzed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Samples will be collected on Friday September 23, 2016 and, if samples are negative for bacteria, the BWA will automatically be rescinded by 4:00 P. M on Saturday September 24, 2016. Should the samples fail, the BWA will continue and news media will be notified.


WWLTV.com , WWL 6:58 AM. CDT September 19, 2016 

WASHINGTON PARISH -- A levee breach released approximately six million gallons of storm-water-diluted sewage into the East Branch of the Bogue Chitto River.

The Bogue Chitto River is now under a "water contact advisory" for it's entire length in Louisiana according to the Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

The release occurred at the City of Brookhaven's sewage plant in Mississippi. The release is under control, according to officials, and no more sewage is expected to flow into the river. Scientists with the DEQ estimate that the contaminated river water will reach Louisiana by Sunday. 

“Because of this release of raw sewage into the river, we are advising citizens that contact with the water could present a health risk,” Louisiana State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry said. "Although all waterways will have some level of contamination, this sewage release has the possibility of elevating the levels of bacteria. People should take precautions to lessen their chance of getting sick from exposure to the water.”

Microorganisms can enter the body through the mouth, nose, eyes and ears, as well as cuts and wounds. Illnesses associated with poor water quality include diarrhea, sore throats, stomach cramps or vomiting. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune system are at a greater risk of getting sick.

The Department of Health offers these additional guidelines that should always be observed:

Do not swim near a drainage pipe or in a ditch, or near runoff or littered areas.
Do not swim in areas with warnings against swimming.
Avoid swimming after heavy rains.
Avoid ingesting or swallowing the water.
Minimize immersing your head when swimming.
Avoid swimming with an open cut or wound.
Shower after exposure to the water.

(© 2016 WWL)


 8-25-16 Please be advised that Lonnie Duncan Road is still CLOSED AT BRIDGE


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Welcome to Washington Parish and all that it has to offer.

We have designed this website for You in hopes that all the information necessary

to live, work and play in Washington Parish is here. Our mission is to serve You the Public.

If there is anything that we have missed or of concern to you, please check our link,

"How Can We Assist You?". You have my personal pledge that if you have an issue that

needs addressing and you can not find it here, we will make sure that it gets to the

proper department to be expedited.

                                                     Richard "Ned" Thomas, Jr. - Parish President


Recent News..........

Administering the Oath of Office is the Honorable Judge William J.”Rusty” Knight of the 22nd Judicial District Court while Linda Thomas, wife of Parish President Richard N. Thomas, Jr. is holding the bible as the  Oath of Office was given to the Parish President

Councilman taking Oath of Office on January 11, 2016  administered by the Honorable Judge William J. “Rusty” Knight of the 22nd Judicial District Court.

Left to right:  Perry Talley, David Anthony, Levi Lewis, Michael Fussell, Pete Thomas, Chris Workman and Reginald McMaster.



Washington Parish Department of Public Works recently finished repairing the Ben's Ford Bridge. The bridge is now open to the Public.  Thank you for your patience.  6/24/16 3:00 pm.


Washington Parish Health Unit News....................................................................................................................................

Washington Parish Health Units would like to inform you that we now have a nurse practitioner available to help with Reproductive Health needs. Not only does your local parish health unit offer WIC and Immunization services, we also offer Personal Health and Family Planning services. A nurse practitioner is in the Franklinton location every Friday and at the Bogalusa location every Tuesday.  A schedule for both Health Unit locations is listed below:


FRANKLINTON                                                                        BOGALUSA

MON - WIC Classes                                                                        MON - Nursing Services/WIC         

TUES - By Phone Only                                                                    TUES - Reproductive/Personal Health

WED - Nursing Services/WIC                                                           WED - WIC Classes

THURS - WIC Classes                                                                      THURS - Nursing Services/WIC         

FRI - Reproductive/Personal Health                                                   FRI - By Phone Only


Franklinton Health Unit is located at: 120 11th Avenue Franklinton, LA 70438. For appointments please call: 985-839-5646.

Bogalusa Health Unit is located at: 626 Carolina Avenue Bogalusa, LA 70427. For appointments please call: 985-732-6615.







      PLEASE NOTE: For your convenience, we have new phone extensions for the different departments.
Main Number 985-839-7825 Ext.

Parish President 302 - Road Department 307 - Accounts Payable 304 - Payroll 305

Director of Public Works 312 - Director of Finance 301 - Comptroller 306 - Council Clerk 313 

Washington Parish Council  

Please visit the Council home page for information regarding meetings and agendas. To contact us directly, please visit our individual webpages for our contact information or call our Clerk of Council Sarah Cook at:

(985) 839-7825 Ext 313 Office

(985) 839-0104 Fax

Council Meetings

Council Meetings generally occur at 6:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

2016 Council Calendar 





We're Growing!

Washington Parish has been increasing its Building Permits for new construction over the last few years and opportunity for growth is throughout the Parish.

Please visit our Licensing and Permits page to get all the necessary information for your next project.
Click here for the Comprehensive Development Plan for further information. 



Public Notices 

 Washington Parish Government Administrative Offices at 909 Pearl Street in Franklinton

are open

Monday - Friday  8:00 am - 4:00 pm

When calling Washington Parish Government (985) 839-7825 please follow the prompts on our automated phone system to get to the proper department. For Washington Parish Council please call (985)839-7825 Ext 313




Fiscal Year Ending 2015 Audit for the Choctaw Road Landfill  and Washington Parish Government can also be accessed under Administrative and Financial page.