Emergency rule to clean drinking water
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is requiring all water systems in Louisiana to raise the disinfectant levels.
The emergency rule is an attempt to flush out an amoeba that has appeared in two of the state's water systems.
The amoeba was first detected in St. Bernard and DeSoto Parishes.
"Our water is safe to drink," said State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry. "This change will simply make our water safer for all uses."
All state water systems have until February 1, 2014, to increase their chlorine levels.