Drinking Water

January 19, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has been awarded approximately $1.4 million through two competitive five-year grants funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve worker safety and reduce water contamination.
November 19, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) awarded a combined $9.61 million in loans to Point Wilhite Hill Water System Inc. and Iberville Parish through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWRLF). The low-interest subsidized loans will help improve the communities' drinking water systems.
September 02, 2015
Louisiana Sen. Mike Walsworth from District 33 will host a community meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2, to address the recent discovery of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the North Monroe Water System, which serves the town of Sterlington in North Monroe. The meeting will be held in the Sterlington High School auditorium and will begin at 6 p.m. Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) staff will be on hand to provide an update and answer questions from the public.
September 01, 2015
Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the North Monroe Water System, which serves the town of Sterlington, at the 701 Guthrie Road sampling site. The privately owned water system, which serves approximately 8,400 residents in the North Monroe area along U.S. Route 165, was tested by DHH as part of the State's new public drinking water surveillance program. DHH notified the water system and local officials Tuesday afternoon. The Department asked the water system to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining ameba in the system are eliminated. Water system operators will begin the burn as soon as possible.
August 18, 2015
Monday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the Schriever Water System at the site 588 Island Road, Montegut (Pointe Aux Chenes).
July 29, 2015
All three follow-up samples tested positive for Naegleria fowleri. The water system is currently under a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining ameba in the system are eliminated.
July 28, 2015
Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the Ascension Consolidated Utility District 1 at the site 9295 Brou Road. The water system, which serves approximately 1,800 residents in a small community north of Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish, was tested by DHH as part of the State’s new public drinking water surveillance program. DHH notified the water system and local officials Tuesday afternoon. The Department asked the water system to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining ameba in the system are eliminated. Parish officials today confirmed that the system would conduct the burn out of an abundance of caution.
July 22, 2015
Late Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the St. Bernard Parish Water System at the site of a leaking sampling station. The water system, which serves 44,000 residents in St. Bernard Parish, was tested by DHH as part of the State’s new public drinking water surveillance program. DHH notified the water system and local officials Wednesday evening. The Department asked the water system to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining ameba in the system are eliminated. Parish President Dave Peralta confirmed that the system would conduct the burn out of an abundance of caution.
June 17, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) awarded a $5.25 million loan to the Town of Greenwood through the state’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWRLF). The low-interest subsidized loan will help improve the community’s drinking water system.