City water already in compliance with new rules
Daily News Staff Report
The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) recently issued an emergency rule requiring that water systems in the state maintain a higher residual disinfectant level and increase their number of sampling sites by 25 percent. Most drinking water systems in Louisiana will be required to meet this new higher standard by Feb. 1, 2014.
State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry and DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert signed the rule after discussions with scientists, federal officials, industry leaders and water system operators. The emergency rule is based on scientific data and recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relative to the control of the Naegleria fowleri ameba that was discovered in two public water systems in the state, including in St. Bernard Parish, where a boy was infected in August, and a DeSoto Parish district where a woman died in 2011.
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