Legislation heading to Gov. Bobby Jindal would require the state Department of Health and Hospitals develop rules and regulations regarding minimum chlorine disinfectant levels for water in public or private water systems in Louisiana.
State Sen. JP Morrell, a New Orleans Democrat and the bill’s sponsor, said Senate Bill 75 is in response to the death last year of a St. Bernard Parish boy, who contracted encephalitis from an amoeba that was later detected in the local water supply.
Federal health officials eventually confirmed the presence of the rare brain-eating amoeba in four sites in the St. Bernard Parish water system, and officials speculated that low levels of chlorine could have been a factor.
The Senate gave final approval to SB 75 on Thursday, signing off on technical amendments from the House.
“Those amendments helped to clarify the bill and make it a bit tighter,” Morrell said.