The Mayor and Board of Aldermen held their regularly scheduled meeting last Tuesday in the Chambers of Franklinton Town Hall.
For the third consecutive meeting, the topic of water was the main subject. The Louisiana Department of Health was on hand to give a report and answer questions about the Town's water system. Chief engineer Amanda Ames spoke first and stated that the Town has secondary contaminants in its water, but no primary contaminants. According to Ames, secondary contaminants include things that aren't necessarily regulated, but cause aesthetic problems such as brown water and don't cause a health effect. Iron and manganese are two secondary contaminants. She stated that secondary contaminants is something LDH strongly recommends be removed from the water, but is not mandated. Primary contaminants have a health effect behind them and LDH would require them to be removed from the water. Examples of primary contaminants include heavy metals, disinfectant byproducts, and arsenic, said Ames. There are over 70 primary contaminants.
According to Ames, the Department of Health collects samples from the Town's water system and does an analysis on it. If any primary contaminant is found, the department would require the Town to notify its citizens.
John Williams from the Louisiana Department of Health spoke next and stated that it was discovered that the system the town is using is a chloramine system. The water produced by the well has a small amount of ammonia already in it. When you add chlorine to this water, it becomes a chloramine system. Williams stated that the trick with chloramine systems is that if you don't treat the ammonia that's in the water properly, you produce the wrong kind of chloramine. This could give the water an odor or cause it to burn your eyes.
Williams noted that there are two choices of water systems. The first is to add enough chlorine to push through the ammonia and destroy it which is a free chlorine system. The second option is to add the right amount of ammonia and become a chloramine system.
Williams said that that's one of the questions asked in the administrative order: the town needs to decide if it's going to become a free chlorine system or a chloramine system. Williams also recommended a directional flushing system to help clear up brown water problems. The directional flushing, according to Williams, would also help clear up the Town's brown water issue.
In other business, the Board signed a resolution for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Division of Aviation. The resolution is for a grant that will provide over $1.1 million at the airport from 2021 through 2026.
Town Clerk Ellen Waskom presented the financial report.
The Board of Aldermen meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Chamber of Franklinton Town Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.