LDH finds brain eating amoebas in Terrebonne, Ouachita water systems
Posted on 6/30/2017 11:50:00 AM.

The state department of health has found brain eating amoebas in the water systems in both Terrebonne and Ouachita parish. State health officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says while the water is safe to drink and bathe in, people should make sure it does not get in their nose.

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State audit: Revenues lacking to keep pace with water system infrastructure
Posted on 3/28/2017 2:19:00 PM.

The state conducted an audit looking at water rates in Louisiana and found the rates many rural communities are paying, don’t produce enough revenue to keep up with the water system, leading to poor drinking water quality. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says big cities have a better quality of water because of number of people paying, but poor communities like, St. Joseph, have failing systems.

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Water systems increase fees to pay for more state inspections
Posted on 1/4/2017 11:32:00 AM.

Water systems across Louisiana are increasing fees to help with increased state inspections. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says there’s always been a fee to pay for state inspections but the legislature and governor agreed to increase the fee by another 75-cents per month starting in January, because health risks are getting higher.

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LDH issues water advisory for Bouge Chitto River after six million gallons of sewage released
Posted on 9/19/2016 11:36:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Health issues a recreational water advisory for the Bouge Chitto River in St. Tammany Parish after a levee breach at the Brookhaven, Mississippi sewage plant released six million gallons of storm water diluted sewage.

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Bill to legalize the sale of raw milk fails in a House committee
Posted on 5/5/2016 11:58:00 AM.

A bill to legalize the sale of raw milk died in a House committee today. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says pasteurizing milk kills the bacteria and removes the risk. He says federal government agencies agree that there are significant risks when it comes to drinking raw milk.

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DHH: Donaldsonville residents should not drink the water
Posted on 3/23/2016 10:41:00 AM.

Residents of Donaldsonville have been advised not to drink the water until further notice because the Peoples Water System has been treating its drinking water with elevated levels of chlorine dioxide. State health officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says they will conduct an on-site inspection of the system, including testing the water.

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Avoyelles Parish receives $2 million to improve drinking water
Posted on 2/22/2016 3:04:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has awarded a 2.1 million dollar loan to assist an Avoyelles Parish water system improve its drinking water. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says the money comes from the state‘s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, which helps improve infrastructure to ensure drinking water stays safe.

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Officials reviewing St. Joseph water quality
Posted on 2/2/2016 10:56:00 AM.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, are reviewing concerns about water quality in the Tensas Parish town of St. Joseph. Residents have reported brown, murky water coming from faucets in the town.
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DHH confirms second West Nile death in Louisiana this year
Posted on 9/30/2015 11:36:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The state Department of Health and Hospitals confirms a second death this year from the West Nile Virus. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says there are now 54 confirmed cases in 2015 and 2 deaths, compared to 123 cases and 5 deaths the prior year.
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Brain eating amoeba found in fourth water system
Posted on 9/2/2015 12:19:00 PM.
The state Department of Health and Hospitals announce the discovery of the brain eating amoeba in a water system in Ouachita Parish.  State Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says the amoeba was found in the North Monroe Water System, which serves the town of Sterlington.
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