Water & Gas
The St. James Parish Utilities has provided natural gas and water service to residents of St. James Parish since 1954.
Water Treatment Facilities
The St. James Parish’s source of water is the Mississippi River, which is pumped into water treatments facilities located in Vacherie and Convent. From these 2 plants located on the east and west bank of the Mississippi River, treated water is pumped throughout the 160 miles of the water pipeline system. The water storage capacity exceeds 1.5 million gallons, which includes 6 elevated water towers.
The Parish Gas System includes approximately 130 miles of gas lines fed by 3 natural gas substations located within the Parish.
All utility operations are managed from the Utility’s main office located at 2600 LA-20 in Vacherie, Louisiana. Under the direction of the Department of Operations, the Parish Utility System strives to provide their customers with the most dependable and highest quality of service, and maintenance at the lowest cost.
The Planning and Permitting Office (located on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse) now takes Utility Bill payments (cash or check only). For Vacherie residents, Utility Bill payments can be made at the new utilities office located inside of the Courthouse Annex. For your convenience, they also offer Automatic Draft payments that can be set up by completing the Authorization Form (PDF) and bringing it to the Planning and Permitting Office. For more information, please call 225-562-2264.