DHH warns residents not to drink the tap water

Staff Report
According to DHH, Donaldsonville water has high levels of chlorine dioxide, an EPA-approved water treatment disinfectant, making it unsafe to drink. The levels were four to five times the EPA standard. This will affected about 10,000 customers.

On the evening of March 22, the Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals (DHH) notified the Peoples Water System of Donaldsonville that the way drinking water is treated must be immediately changed, after possible elevated levels of chlorine dioxide were discovered in the treatment system. Chlorine dioxide may no longer be used, effective intermediately. 

According to DHH, Donaldsonville water has high levels of chlorine dioxide, an EPA-approved water treatment disinfectant, making it unsafe to drink. The levels were four to five times the EPA standard. This will affected about 10,000 customers. 

DHH warns not to use the water at all if pregnant or to give it to young children, as exposure to chlorine dioxide can cause serious health effects to the nervous systems.

The City of Donaldsonville has bottled water available at the DPW building, 2175 Thibaut Drive (across from the Frank Sotile Pavilion).

State health officials will conduct an on-site inspection of the system on Wednesday, March 23.