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St. Bernard Parish to end chlorine burn Thursday

ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

On Oct 22, the St. Bernard Parish Water & Sewer Division will be changing the disinfectant from free chlorine back to chloramines. The return to chloramines is intended to benefit customers by reducing the levels of disinfection byproducts in the system, while still providing protection from waterborne disease.

However, the change to chloramines can cause problems to persons dependent on dialysis machines. A condition known as hemolytic anemia can occur if the disinfectant is not completely removed from the water that is used for the dialysate. Consequently, the pretreatment scheme used for the dialysis units must include some means, such as a charcoal filter, for removing the chloramine prior to this date. Medical facilities should also determine if additional precautions are required for other medical equipment.

In addition, chloraminated water may be toxic to fish. If you have a fish tank, please make sure that the chemicals or filters that you are using are designed for use in water that has been treated with chloramines. You may also need to change the type of filter that you use for the fish tank.

This switch back to Chloramines is how St. Bernard Parish has disinfected the water since 1986. This method is recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and is used in a majority of surface water system across the United States.  

In July 2015, the Department of Health and Hospitals mandated that the parish's water system perform a 'Chlorine Burn' throughout our water distribution system. A chlorine burn is accomplished by discontinuing the use of ammonia which was combined with chlorine to form a compound called chloramines. This treatment method lasted 2 months. 

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