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Erin Brockovich says chemicals in Bossier City water ‘out of control’

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Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has taken aim at Bossier City for its water quality.

The legal clerk who gained national fame, sparking a movie dramatizing her involvement in a lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric Company, says Bossier City residents are being lied to about their water.

She first made posts over a week ago regarding the city’s reaction to the “brain eating amoeba” Naegleria fowleri. Saying the city’s decision to perform a chlorine burn is making the water unsafe for residents.

She continued with her warnings Thursday by posting a photo of a chlorine test.

“This is the level of chlorine detected in the Bossier City, Louisiana and surrounding suburbs water systems… 10.0 mg/L. I received this result in one of emails this morning… I received scores of them. My bet is toxic Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids are off the charts. this is out of control,” the post read.

She continued, “Bossier City said the chlorine would only be turned up 0.50 mg/L to 1.0 mg/L. Consumers in Bossier City… YOU ARE BEING LIED TO AND POISONED!”

The state’s health officer and Bossier City officials maintain that the water is safe and that the slight increase in chlorine levels is well within proper guidelines. Chlorine burns are done regularly for the water system as a preventative measure.

Sligo Water Systems, which serves a portion of southern Bossier Parish, tested positive for the amoeba in late September. Then one of three tests returned positive for the amoeba in south Bossier City in early October, prompting a 60-day chlorine flush from the city.

During the 60-day flush, Bossier City is using free chlorine, which is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant than the substance it normally uses.

Country Place Subdivision, the Town of Benton, and the Cypress Black Bayou Water Systems also are undergoing the chlorine flush because those entities buy water from Bossier City. Although no positive tests have been returned from those systems.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I tested this afternoon (North Bossier) and they were within normal regulations. 1ppm free chlorine and 4ppm total chlorine. That is recommended levels by EU, World Health Organization and the CDC. The tester in Erin’s pic did something wrong (likely testing under running water rather than filling a cup and testing).

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