The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) issued an emergency rule for all parishes statewide.
The rule will require every water system in Louisiana to maintain a higher level of chlorine and increase their number of sampling sites by 25 percent. This comes just months after a four year old boy died of the rare brain eating amoeba known as Naegleria Fowleri, which was found in two Louisiana water systems.
J.T.Lane, with DHH, says the increase to .5 milligrams per liter should control and eliminate amoebas. The new required changes in chlorine levels for our drinking water are the first changes in almost twenty years.
Unless told otherwise by DHH, all water systems must be in compliance by February.