P. 1
Dave Peralta Water Presentation

Dave Peralta Water Presentation

|Views: 4,486|Likes:
Published by bblochnola
St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta on Tuesday evening - Oct. 1, 2013 - provided a timeline of the state Department of Health and Hospitals and the parish government’s efforts to date regarding the water supply issue.
St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta on Tuesday evening - Oct. 1, 2013 - provided a timeline of the state Department of Health and Hospitals and the parish government’s efforts to date regarding the water supply issue.

More info:

Published by: bblochnola on Oct 02, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less






Bernard Parish Government
Water Quality Report October 1, 2013

Parish President David E. Peralta

Executive Summary

§ Amoeba timeline of events § Parish response § Moving forward

Amoeba Timeline

§  Late July: amoeba-related fatality occurs §  August 15: the fatality is mentioned during a casual conversation with DHH. However, no details are provided. §  August 15: parish-wide chlorine residual testing began within two hours of this conversation with DHH, with all normal sample stations passing §  August 17: flushing begins in areas where there were lower levels of chlorine

Amoeba Timeline
§  August 16-21: SBPG requests additional information from DHH §  August 22: DHH takes chlorine samples in St. Bernard. SBPG subsequently learns that the CDC had also tested for amoeba around this time and found positive samples in the home of the incident but not in the water system. §  August 26: DHH and SBPG take chlorine and biofilm samples together, all of which passed §  August 28: DHH informs SBPG that all initial amoeba tests in the water system came back negative

Amoeba Timeline
§  September 5: A conference call between SBPG, DHH, and CDC is conducted. The suspected location of the amoeba infection is revealed to SBPG §  September 5: DHH/CDC/SBPG issue first press release §  September 5: flushing of the system continues and the chlorine “burn” begins (increase from 400lbs to 500lbs daily) §  September 6 and 7: SBPG and DHH test for amoeba together. DHH also does some independent testing.

Amoeba Timeline
§  September 12: DHH reveals that after additional testing, positive amoeba samples were taken from two sites in Arabi and two sites in Violet (all fire hydrants and water hoses). 6 additional samples taken were negative. §  September 12: DHH advises that the chlorine “burn” continue until .5 ppm is achieved throughout the system. This constitutes a new standard that had not been previously imposed. §  September 13: A second conference call between SBPG, DHH, and CDC is conducted §  September 13: DHH/CDC/SBPG issue a second press release

Amoeba Timeline
§  September 16: SBPG hires Dr. AJ Englande to assess the situation and advise the Administration on how to proceed §  September 19: A third conference call between SBPG, DHH, and CDC is conducted §  September 19: Water and Sewer Committee convenes §  September 23: SBPG, DHH, CDC, and EPA meet in New Orleans. A new standard is imposed at this time: 1.0 ppm chlorine residual in the system and 2.0 ppm in the towers. §  September 23: Sen. Morrell state panel convenes

Parish Response
§  Flushing of the system has been ongoing since August 17th §  The chlorine “burn” has been ongoing since September 5th §  Water quality reports have been posted and updated on the public information portal since September 13th §  Dr. Englande has been conducting a system-wide assessment since September 16th §  Monitoring and testing have been conducted by SBPG and DHH on an ongoing basis

Parish Response
§  DHH has drastically increased the number of mandatory sampling stations across St. Bernard Parish (30 stations to 50 stations) §  Based on the most recent testing conducted by SBPG, the level of chlorine at all St. Bernard Parish schools ranges from .6 ppm to 3.1 ppm §  The most recent DHH testing at schools has produced similar results, with no school testing below .9 ppm

Parish Response
§  SBPG and DHH have identified some sampling stations that are currently testing below .5 ppm §  The constant flushing of the cast iron lines in Arabi has caused lower chlorine residuals in that area §  Distance from the plant is also causing lower chlorine residuals in Eastern St. Bernard

Parish Response
§  SBPG has initiated chlorine injections at the Toca water booster station in order to elevate chlorine residuals in Eastern St. Bernard §  SBPG has been directionally flushing the main lines in Arabi in order to change the direction of water flow and increase chlorine residuals in those areas §  There have been some discrepancies between SBPG and DHH chlorine residual test results throughout the parish, but both agencies will be revisiting multiple locations tomorrow in order to coordinate their readings

Moving Forward

§  SBPG Water and Sewer will be accompanying the Fire Department on a hydrant-by-hydrant flushing and testing exercise within the next two weeks §  Dr. Englande will be reporting his findings shortly, and will be working with SBPG Water and Sewer to develop a scope of work for water system adjustments §  Construction of the new water plant is ongoing and is scheduled for completion in May 2014

Moving Forward

§  The new raw water intake pipe project is currently up for bid, and will be completed by 2015 §  This project will enhance the safety of the water extracted from the Mississippi River §  Preliminary estimation to replace all cast iron pipes parish-wide is $15 million. SBPG will continue to work on identifying funding sources for this project  

Moving Forward

§  Flushing and the chlorine “burn” will continue for up to 60 more days or until 1.0 ppm is achieved throughout the system §  Testing and monitoring results will continue to be shared with all officials and posted in the public information portal §  The Administration will continue to report back to the Council on all water quality issues as needed  


We will attempt to answer any questions that you may have. Thank you. - David E. Peralta

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->