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Friday, March 28, 2014
DHH Awards $3.75 million to the North Franklin Water Works for Water System Improvements

This month, the Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Public Health awarded $3.75 million to North Franklin Water Works through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWRLF). The loan will help pay for much needed improvements and upgrades to the water system.

Monday, March 24, 2014
Majority of Water Systems Comply with DHH Emergency Rule Requiring Higher Disinfectant Levels in Drinking Water

The Department of Health and Hospitals on Monday announced that around 95 percent of the state’s drinking water systems have complied with an emergency rule issued last year requiring increased disinfectant levels in drinking water and increased monitoring of water quality.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Following Chlorine Burn, CDC Test Results Negative for Naegleria Fowleri Ameba in St. Bernard Parish Water System

Water samples taken in late January from the St. Bernard parish water system have tested negative for the rare ameba Naegleria fowleri, meaning increased chlorine levels in the system have controlled the ameba, the Department of Health and Hospitals announced Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Following Chlorine Burn, CDC Test Results Negative for Naegleria Fowleri Ameba in DeSoto Parish Water System

Water samples taken earlier this month from the DeSoto Parish Waterworks District No. 1 have tested negative for the rare ameba Naegleria fowleri, meaning increased chlorine levels in the system have controlled the ameba, the Department of Health and Hospitals announced Wednesday.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
DHH Awards $5.5 million to St. John the Baptist Parish Waterworks Districts 1 and 2 for Water System Improvements

The Department of Health and Hospitals' (DHH) Office of Public Health has awarded $5.5 million to the St. John the Baptist Waterworks Districts 1 and 2 through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWRLF). The loan will help the system improve and update the community's drinking water system.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013
DHH Strongly Recommends Certain Drinking Water Systems to Increase Chlorine Residual Levels and to Increase Monitoring by 25 Percent

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. For drinking water systems that utilize chloramines, the Department is also strongly recommending they increase the frequency of testing and number of samples for chlorine residual levels throughout their distribution lines.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Myth vs. Fact: DHH Dispels Rumors about Naegleria Fowleri Ameba, Drinking Water in Louisiana

The Department of Health and Hospitals wants to dispel myths and rumors associated with a recent confirmation of an ameba in the water system in St. Bernard Parish. On Thursday, DHH published a “Myth vs. Fact” rundown of common misconceptions about Naegleria fowleri and drinking water in Louisiana.