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LUS Director: system water is safe

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"I wanted to let you know and the public know our system is safe. It has always been safe and will continue to be safe," said Lafayette Utilities System Director Terry Huval. Huval addressed the Lafayette Consolidated Council on Wednesday. He wasted no time explaining the circumstance of the Department of Health and Hospitals citing LUS for non-compliancy.
 
Huval said the state issued a requirement to increase the amount of chlorine water systems use. The chlorine acts as a disinfectant. 

Huval told the council that the LUS plant on Commission Boulevard has ammonia in the water which helps to disinfect. He said LUS dealt with the issue of ammonia with DHH to have to not to use as much chlorine since ammonia can disinfect. "That's been in place with every monthly report we sent in for ten years. We were told with the new arrangement that DHH is proposing that everything will stay the same by the local staff," added Huval
 
Apparently it didn't. Huval explained in a recent DHH press release LUS was listed as one of the entities in the state as not meeting the compliancy requirement to protect against organisms that could occur in water. "Just hearing brain eating amoeba and not being compliant created a stir; a very unfortunate stir and an unjustified stir."
 
Huval said he had the chlorine increased in addition to the ammonia already in the water. LCG Councilman Andy Naquin wanted to know the effect it would have on customers. Huval explained that some people are more sensitive than others, but most won't notice it.
 
Huval noted that LUS has never been cited for being a non-complaint water system. Huval mentioned that the local engineer involved with DHH suggested asking for a variance to continue doing what LUS has been doing at Commission Boulevard.
 
Huval said the request was denied which lead to the non-compliance. "A bureaucratic decision in Baton Rouge by DHH that was totally unnecessary creating all sorts of alarm. I want to reassure everyone that  the water system is compliant.  The water system is safe.  We'll deal with the folks in Baton Rouge to correct that problem," said Huval.
 
Huval also stated that reportedly in all the cases of brain-eating amoeba the water came from surface water. Huval explained LUS never had surface water locations; only deep well.

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