Area water systems on list to have chlorine levels checked because of brain eating amoeba

Area water systems on list to have chlorine levels checked because of brain eating amoeba

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital strongly recommends certain drinking water systems to increase chlorine residual levels due to brain eating amoeba
Baton Rouge, La. - Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today that they are monitoring certain public drinking water systems to determine if they have residual chlorine levels of 0.5 milligrams per liter throughout their distribution lines. There are 84 water systems that use chlorine including Shreveport and Bossier City.

If systems do not meet the 0.5 threshold, the Department will require it. This requirement will exceed the current federal standard issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

DHH public health engineers and officials will work closely with water systems and parish management teams to outline work plans and timelines in order to achieve required chlorination residuals. DHH will continue to evaluate chlorine residual levels in other public drinking water systems throughout the state; later requirements may be issued for systems that utilize free chlorine.
The 84 chloraminated water systems required to increase their chlorine sampling and monitoring frequency will be provided additional assistance by DHH that could include testing kits and personnel to conduct monitoring. Public health engineers are currently evaluating and monitoring recent residual chlorine levels for the more than 1,300 drinking water systems throughout the state.

The following water systems in our area are affected:

BARKSDALE AFB WATER SYSTEM

CITY OF BOSSIER CITY WATER SYSTEM

OIL CITY WATER WORKS

PINEHILL WATERWORKS DISTRICT

VIVIAN WATER SYSTEM

TOWN OF GREENWOOD WATER SYSTEM

BLANCHARD WATER SYSTEM

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

LOGANSPORT WATER SYSTEM

DESOTO PARISH WATER WORKS DISTRICT 1

MANSFIELD WATER SYSTEM

NATCHITOCHES WATER SYSTEM

CITY OF MANY WATER SYSTEM

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