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.
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More information from the CDC, the "Amoeba Response Guidelines" link highlights the 0.5ppm/(mg/L) recommendation:
More information from local news on this issue:
- 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.
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