Require the State of Louisiana and the Department of Health and Hospitals to adopt the CDC-recommended 0.5ppm/(mg/L) minimum for residual chlorine levels in municipal water supplies.
  • Petitioned Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals

This petition was delivered to:

Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals
Louisiana State Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell
St. Bernard Parish Councilman and Chair of Water and Sewer Committee
Ray Lauga, Jr.
Louisiana State Senator Senator A.G. Crowe
Louisiana State Representative Raymond E. Garofalo, Jr.

Require the State of Louisiana and the Department of Health and Hospitals to adopt the CDC-recommended 0.5ppm/(mg/L) minimum for residual chlorine levels in municipal water supplies.

    1. Jamie Doerr
    2. Petition by

      Jamie Doerr

      Chalmette, LA, LA

With the recent events in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana concerning the deaths of two individuals due to the Naegleria fowleri amoeba (coined the "brain-eating amoeba") via the municipal water supply, the State of Louisiana and the Department of Health and Hospitals need to raise the minimum standards for what is considered acceptable amounts of residual chlorine in our tap water.

The CDC recommends levels at a minimum of 0.5ppm/(mg/L) to combat contaminants in municipal water supplies. However, the State/DHH only require "trace amounts" of residual chlorine to be present for a Parish's water supply to be compliant. Maintaining this 0.5ppm level has been shown to keep water systems safe from such organisms as Naegleria fowleri.

We need to demand these higher standards be put into place, state-wide, immediately. Two individuals within the past 3 years have died from infections caused by this amoeba in St. Bernard Parish. For this to occur, statistically, in a single location, is almost impossible. This is not acceptable.

Join me in telling our government officials their citizens and constituents deserve better, and doing less than the minimum will no longer be tolerated.

Please share this with everyone you know. Only united can we make a difference.

Thank you.

 

More information from the CDC, the "Amoeba Response Guidelines" link highlights the 0.5ppm/(mg/L) recommendation:

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/public-water-systems.html

 

More information from local news on this issue:

http://www.wwltv.com/news/Officials-meet-in-St-Bernard-Parish-to-discuss-brain-eating-amoeba-224941542.html

http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/residents-seek-answers-after-boy-killed-by-braineating-amoeba/-/9853400/22034374/-/10krs7fz/-/index.html

To:
Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals
Louisiana State Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell
Ray Lauga, Jr., St. Bernard Parish Councilman and Chair of Water and Sewer Committee
Louisiana State Senator Senator A.G. Crowe
Louisiana State Representative Raymond E. Garofalo, Jr.
Require the State of Louisiana and the Department of Health and Hospitals to adopt the CDC-recommended 0.5ppm/(mg/L) minimum for residual chlorine levels in municipal water supplies.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Amoeba Response

      Jamie Doerr
      Petition Organizer

      So glad to hear that officials are pushing to do chlorine level checks throughout the state, but sad that it has had to get this far for anyone to take this seriously.

      http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/amoeba-response-check-chlorine-records/-/9853400/22368080/-/lx5rr6/-/index.html

      Amoeba response: check chlorine records

      Louisiana workers are checking records of more than 80 water treatment systems using the same disinfection process as two where a rare but deadly amoeba was found. They want to be sure they are keeping chlorine at recommended levels. But state Sen. J.P. Morrell wants every parish and municipal water system statewide tested now.

    3. Amoeba found in ANOTHER Louisiana Parish

      Jamie Doerr
      Petition Organizer

      I woke up this morning to the terrible news that another Parish has been hit by the deadly Naegleria fowleri amoeba. PLEASE help me spread the word about this petition as much as you can to stop this threat NOW. My heart and prayers go out to their community.

      http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/dhh-deadly-amoeba-found-in-second-parish/-/9853400/22347096/-/4lmw24z/-/index.html

      DHH: Deadly amoeba found in second parish

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) testing discovered traces of the deadly brain-eating Naegleria fowleri amoeba in a DeSoto Parish water system, according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. CDC testing found the amoeba in five locations in DeSoto Parish Waterworks District No. 1, one of 14 systems in the parish.

    4. More News Coverage

      Jamie Doerr
      Petition Organizer
      Online petition addressing Amoeba concerns growing fast

      A Chalmette mother's online petition to increase levels of chlorine in the St. Bernard Parish water supply is growing by the minute. Watch report "I can't believe the response," said Jamie Doerr, who sponsored the petition on change.org. Doerr, is urging local and state leaders to adopt minimum standards set by the CDC-recommended 0.5ppm/(mg/l) residual chlorine levels in municipal water supplies.

    5. Latest News Coverage

      Jamie Doerr
      Petition Organizer
      Online petition addressing Amoeba concerns growing fast

      A Chalmette mother's online petition to increase levels of chlorine in the St. Bernard Parish water supply is growing by the minute.

    6. From Times-Picayune: St. Bernard water system has history of violations

      Jamie Doerr
      Petition Organizer
      St. Bernard Parish water system had history of violations before amoeba

      State officials have uncovered several drinking water act violations in St. Bernard Parish's water system since Hurricane Katrina, ranging from failure to properly monitor the water to finding bacteria in state tests, documents show. Records of the violations, issued from 2006 to 2012, reveal the state was concerned that St.

    7. Reached 3,000 signatures
    8. Gaining Steam

      Jamie Doerr
      Petition Organizer

      Over 2,100 signatures, plus a few dozen physical signatures! Thank you all for your support of this immensely important issue. Remember to spread the word and share with your loved ones and friends. The more signatures and attention this gets, the more likely it will become a reality!

      Stay tuned...

      Sincerely,
      Jamie

    9. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Monique Johnson NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • 10 months ago

      Everyone should have clean & safe water

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    • nancy thacker NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • 12 months ago

      duh

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    • Shaunise Gray NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • 12 months ago

      This is scary! Clean water is a must.

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    • Charles Derr MANY, LA
      • about 1 year ago

      Being a resident of Louisiana myself, I definitely agree with this! I'd rather not die to some parasite.

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    • Brooke Juluke NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • about 1 year ago

      Our residents deserve clean and purified drinking water, not just drinking water but safe water period!

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