DHH says nearly all Louisiana water systems safer

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Nearly all of the drinking water systems in Louisiana meet new safety standards, according to health officials.

The Department of Health and Hospitals reported only 73 systems out of the state's 1,369 public drinking water systems are not in compliance with the November 2013 emergency rule. Those 73 systems represent only about 5 percent of all drinking water systems in Louisiana.

DHH issued the rule after a rare amoeba was discovered in St. Bernard and DeSoto parishes. The flesh-eating amoeba is blamed for killing three people since 2011.

"We are excited that so many systems were able to bring their water up to the new standard, which is known to control the Naegleria fowleri ameba," said DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert. "We will continue to work with the 73 systems that did not yet comply to ensure that they do."

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