Improving Water Quality

Ways to Improve Water Quality

The Town Administration is currently looking for grants for additional funds to continue working to improve our water quality. 

Current Goals

  1.  Add Additional Injection Sites

  2.  Continue Looping Water Lines

  3.  Continue Flushing the Lines

Flushing Schedule

  • 1st Quarter: January-March: Zones 1-3

  • 2nd Quarter: April-June: Zones 4-6

  • 3rd Quarter: July-September: Zones 1-3

  • 4th Quarter: October-December: Zones 4-6

What is the Benefit of Multiple Injection Sites?

Public drinking water systems must maintain residual chlorine levels of 0.5 milligrams per liter (mg/l) throughout their distribution lines. Which means enough chlorine has to be added to the water at the Point of Entry (POE) to still maintain a 0.5 level at the furthest connection from the POE.  The furthest connection is known as the MRT, Maximum Residence Time, which is the oldest water in the distribution system.  If an additional injection site was established then the level of chlorine added at POE could be lessened in order to maintain the required 0.5 throughout the entire water system.

What is Looping?

“Looping” typically refers to the elimination of a deadend water main by constructing an additional water main from the deadend to another water main to complete a "loop". Sometimes water mains that are constructed to better integrate a major water system component (like a well, reservoir or tank) into the water system or the construction of a second water main to serve an isolated portion of the distribution system are referred to as a “loop”.

What is Flushing?

Why does  the Town of Abita Springs “flush” the water mains? Flushing the water mains improves water quality by removing sediment that slowly builds up at the bottom of the water main over time. The sediment comes from internal corrosion of the water mains over many years.

Test results

Abita Springs Water System


Testing Schedule for Our

Abita Springs Water System

  • Lead and Copper Testing Every 3 Years at 10 Sample Sites

  • Chlorine Levels are tested Daily at 7 Locations in Abita Springs

  • Louisiana Department of Health Tests Chlorine Levels Monthly

  • Bacteriological samples taken monthly

  • Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and Haloacetic acids (HAA5)

Water We Drink Reports

We are pleased to present to you the annual Water We Drink - water quality reports:  


Safe Drinking Water Program Testing:

  • Bacteriological sample collection program for all public water systems statewide. 

  • SDWP Collects and analyze the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and haloacetic acids (HAA5) samples for water systems statewide.

Safe Drinking Water Fee

(Act 605 of 2016)

Beginning January 1, 2017, the Safe Drinking Water Program will reinstate the bacteriological sample collection program for all public water systems statewide.  Additionally, the Safe Drinking Water Program will begin to collect and analyze the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and haloacetic acids (HAA5) samples for water systems statewide.

Safe Drinking Water Program

The Safe Drinking Water Program provides comprehensive drinking water protection to the citizens and visitors of Louisiana supervising over 1,300 public water systems for compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations.  The Safe Drinking Water Program objective is to prevent illness and death that can occur from waterborne disease outbreaks or chemical exposure associated with contaminated drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Program accomplishes this objective by the activities listed below. 

  • Monitoring: Collection, analysis and review of bacteriological and chemical samples to ensure compliance with maximum contaminant levels, treatment technique requirements, monitoring and analytical requirements.

  • Inspections: Sanitary surveys and site inspections are conducted to evaluate the capability of a drinking water system to consistently and reliably deliver an adequate quality and quantity of safe drinking water to the consumer and to ensure compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations.

  • Engineering Plan Review: Conducts reviews of and issues permits for new construction and modification of public water systems including the source, treatment, storage and distribution facilities to ensure the quality and protection of drinking water.

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