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PRESS RELEASE: LAFOURCHE WATER DISTRICT NO. 1

Post Date:06/02/2016 10:13 AM

Lafourche Parish Water District No. 1
PRESS RELEASE
June 1, 2016

For: Residents of Marydale Subdivision, Grand Bois Community, and Romero Subdivision

The Lafourche Parish Water District No. 1 purchases water, from Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Waterworks, to service the residents of Marydale Subdivision, Grand Bois, and Romero Subdivision (Romero Street, Bayou Blue). This press release is intended to serve as a notice that Terrebonne Waterworks is planning to temporarily switch from chloramines to free chlorine as part of a routine maintenance program. This switchover is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 6, 2016. Only residents of Marydale Subdivision, Grand Bois Community and Romero Subdivision (Romero Street, Bayou Blue) will be affected and are encouraged to review the "Water Treatment Change Coming Soon" information provided below:

Water Treatment Change Coming Soon
[for residents of Marydale Subdivision, Grand Bois Community and Romero Subdivision (Romero Street, Bayou Blue)]
 
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Waterworks, from whom we purchase water for your area, monitors the disinfectant residual in the distribution system on a daily basis. This measurement tells them whether they are effectively disinfecting the water supply. The disinfectant residual is the amount of chlorine or chloramines in the distribution system. Chlorine and chloramines are common disinfectants used by water suppliers to kill bacteria in drinking water; therefore, if the disinfectant residual is too low, microorganisms can potentially grow in the distribution piping.

In order to provide the most effective disinfection process, Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Waterworks, is making a temporary change in the type of disinfectant used in the water supply. It is typical for water systems that use chloramines to temporarily change to chlorine in order to clean water pipes and provide a reliable disinfectant residual throughout all points in the distribution system. Free chlorine is proven to be more effective in killing organisms within the pipes of the distribution system.

When is this switch scheduled?
The temporary switch from chloramines to free chlorine will start Monday, June 6, 2016, and continue for 43 days, ending Monday, July 18, 2016.

What is being done?
In an effort to comply with new regulations and provide high quality drinking water to customers who use their water, Terrebonne Consolidated Waterworks District No. 1 is going to change their disinfectant from chloramines to free chlorine as part of a routine maintenance program.

What should I do?
Keep doing what you are doing now.

What can l do if l notice a chlorine taste or smell?
During the temporary switch, you may notice a chlorine taste and/or odor in your drinking water. Chlorine levels will continue to meet EPA standards and are not a health risk.
-Run the cold water tap for several minutes when water is not used for several days.
-Collect and refrigerate cold tap water in an open pitcher. Be sure to collect water after running the cold water tap for two minutes. Within a few hours, the chlorine taste and odor will disappear.
-Water filters can reduce chlorine taste and smell. Be sure to use a filter certified to meet National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards and replace the filter cartridge as recommended by the manufacturer.

Who should take special precautions during the temporary switch to Chlorine?
Customers who normally take special precautions to remove chloramine from tap water, such as dialysis centers, medical facilities and aquatic pet owners, should continue to take the same precautions during the temporary switch to chlorine. Most methods for removing chloramine from tap water are effective in removing chlorine. Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

Dirk Barrios
General Manager
Lafourche Parish Water District No. 1

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