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DHH keeps close eye on Oak Haven Trailer Park water quality

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KSLA News 12 got clearance to follow along on Thursday as DHH workers did a follow up inspection on water quality violations involving the Oak Haven Water System that were first reported in May.. KSLA News 12 got clearance to follow along on Thursday as DHH workers did a follow up inspection on water quality violations involving the Oak Haven Water System that were first reported in May..
HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) -

In a KSLA News 12 investigation we've been following since May, a trailer park in Haughton with a history of state water violations is under the close eye of the Department of Health and Hospitals.

The issue came to light on Memorial Day, when residents had been without water for several days. During our investigation, KSLA News 12 obtained a copy of a state report, which cited the park's owners for several water violations.  

KSLA News 12 got clearance to follow along on Thursday as DHH workers did a follow up inspection on those water violations. But it didn't go exactly as planned. A woman who initially refused to identify herself gave KSLA some trouble, even slapping the camera away twice before any tests could be done. After the confrontation, the woman who later identified herself as a park manager to DHH, but never to us, allowed us to continue to follow along with our cameras as planned.

The investigation was initiated after DHH found the Oak Haven Water System neglected to test the water for bacteria four times and twice failed to tell residents. We tracked down a copy of the DHH enforcement study, which is a report required by the EPA. That report outlined several water violations. Shortly after that, our cameras were rolling on May 29th as Oak Haven residents held a meeting to go over the findings and express their concerns. "They have violation numbers here, violation dates," one resident said waving the report at her neighbors.

Days after, we followed the DHH as samples for the park were found free of bacteria at a Shreveport laboratory. More than 30 days after the report was issued, a DHH worker armed with a list of violations checked to see if the park managers did in fact meet their deadlines. The preliminary testing revealed some of the water violations had been corrected. But there are still a few things requiring attention. The DHH says they are considering allowing the park managers a 60 day extension to fix the remaining problems.  

Before we left the park, the park manager called the initial encounter woman a"misunderstanding." We offered the park manager another chance to comment, which she declined.

This is only their first deadline. They have a slew of deadlines that need to be met nearly every 30 days until November 30. 

But it isn't the only option. The DHH says if Oak Haven connects to nearby Village Water System, all of the deadlines will be waived. We reached out to Village Water System's manager for comment, but they did not return our calls.

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