Brockovich Water Guy: “Chlorine Burn Is Not the Answer”
Consumer activist Erin Brockovich is highly critical of how Bossier City is handling its water controversy. The city has started a 60 day chlorine burn after a test turned up positive for a brain eating amoeba. City leaders say the water is "safe to drink" and it does not pose a risk to health.
But Brockovich disagrees. She recently posted this on social media:
Brockovich connected KEEL News to her "Water Guy" Bob Bowcock who is a specialist on water systems. He talks in detail with us about the problem and has some advice for city leaders on what they should be doing. He also offers some tips to residents using Bossier's water.
Bossier City officials sent out a statement that included some precautions for residents:
What can I do if I notice a chlorine taste or smell?
You may notice a chlorine taste and/or odor in your drinking water. Chlorine levels will continue to meet EPA standards and are not a health risk.
Run the cold water tap for several minutes when water is not used for several days.
Collect and refrigerate cold tap water in an open pitcher. Be sure to collect water after running the cold water tap for two minutes. Within a few hours, the chlorine taste and odor will disappear.
Water filters can reduce chlorine taste and smell. Be sure to use a filter certified to meet National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards and replace the filter cartridge as recommended by the manufacturer.
Who should take special precautions for the increased Chlorine levels?
Customers who normally take special precautions to remove chlorine/chloramines from tap water, such as dialysis centers, medical facilities and aquatic pet owners, should continue to take the same precautions during this period. Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.