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Elton's water system in violation of state sanitary code

Posted at 4:46 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 17:46:09-05

The Town of Elton Water System currently is in violation of the Louisiana sanitary code, according to an announcement.

The announcement states the system is inviolation of "the treatment technique requirements for minimum residual disinfectant level as set forth by the State (Part XII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code)."

"Although this incident is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation," the announcement states.

The state has requirements for disinfectants in drinking water, because disease-causing organisms can contaminate it. If a system doesn't have the required level of disinfectant in the water, these organisms can live in it, and they can include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

These symptoms, however, are not just associated with disease-causing organisms in drinking water, but also may be caused by a number of factors other than your drinking water.

Each water system is required to test its water. During the compliance monitoring periods of (11/01/2019) through (11/30/2019), and (12/01/2019) through (12/31/2019), The Town of Elton Water System failed to provide the minimum residual disinfectant level in the treated water supplied to customers.

The violations were due to a lower-than-required chlorine level in the water.

The announcement says that it's not necessary to boil water, or do anything else. If you have specific health concerns, talk to your doctor.

The Town of Elton Water System is currently on a flushing schedule to improve water chlorine residual. This flushing is for 10 consecutive days including monitoring. Continued flushing will improve level.

For more information, please contact Mayor Roger D. Laughlin @ 337-584-2992.