KSLA Investigates: High Frequency of Boil Advisories

KSLA Investigates: water system boil advisories

NORTH LOUISIANA (KSLA) - As the old saying goes, when it rains it pours.  A fitting expression to describe the flood of water main breaks and other water system issues surfacing across northwest Louisiana in recent months.

When utility crews dig down to work on the problem, the anchors here at KSLA News 12 go on air reporting the boil advisories that typically flow from the system issue.

It is a tide of alerts seeming to rise so frequently, KSLA Investigates filed a public records request with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, to learn the total number of boil advisories issued since January 1, 2017 in Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Webster Parishes.

Turns out there have been 412 boil advisories delivered by public water systems over the past 551 days in that eight-parish region, since the start of 2017.

Here is the breakdown:

o   Bossier - 75

o   Webster - 62

o   Caddo - 61

o   De Soto - 51

o   Sabine - 41

o   Natchitoches - 26

o   Claiborne - 16

o   Red River - 16

The problem causing the most boil advisories are water main breaks, with 272 mains bursting open in Northwest Louisiana according to the Department of Health and Hospitals over the past 17 months.

Planned maintenance (43) and problems like pressure loss (39), power failure (26), treatment issues,(19) line breaks (10) and pump failures (3) also caused advisories.

In total, our survey looked at 103 public water systems.  Here is the list of the systems issuing the most boil advisories over the 19 month time period we examined:

o   Village Water System (Bossier Parish) - 26

o   Minden Water System - 22

o   Sabine Parish Water District 1 - 22

o   City of Bossier Water System - 18

o   North DeSoto Water System - 17

o   Town of Haughton Water System - 14

o   Shreveport Water System - 14

o   DeSoto Parish Water Works District 1 - 13

o   Mansfield Water System - 11

To examine the full set of data behind every boil advisory we examined, click here.

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