Greater Ouachita Water System issues statement on brain-eating amoeba

MONROE, La. - The Greater Ouachita Water Company has released the following release concerning the brain-eating amoeba found in the North Monroe Water System:

On Thursday, June 29th , the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) contacted GOWC advising of the presence of Naegleria Fowleri Amoeba in the North Monroe Water System.

Greater Ouachita Water Company has and is meeting all EPA and DHH requirements for chlorine residuals and is compliant with the Safe Water Drinking Act.

DHH informed us that the drinking water is safe to consume, but also emphasized residents should take precautions.

DHH is in the process of posting the notice on their website with clear instruction as to proper precautions. Please visit the DHH website at http://dhh.louisiana.00v for further information. Following up with the communication from the DHH, Greater Ouachita Water Company, working together with our water management firm, Severn Trent Environmental Services, will be implementing an aggressive treatment protocol in coordination with DHH to resolve the issue.

This is a serious matter and we are aggressively responding to it. We will initiate a chlorine burn and we will closely monitor the system until we are certain the problem has been addressed. Please see attached notice of water treatment change for additional information.

Greater Ouachita Water Company and Severn Trent place water quality and meeting your expectations as our number 1 priority. Providing you clean, safe drinking water is at the heart of our commitment to you and your family. 


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