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LUS Reassures Customers that Water is Safe

Jan 19, 2017 02:54PM ● By Caitlin Marshall
Lafayette, LA - In response to recent allegations regarding the quality of Lafayette Utilities System’s water, Director of Utilities, Terry Huval, says his message to customers remains the same. “There is no reason for alarm concerning the safety of LUS Water.”   


The National Primary Drinking Water Regulations provide limits for certain substances to help ensure water safety to the public. It was recently reported that a certain substance (P-Dichlorobenzene) was present in LUS’s raw water. The maximum level of this substance that is deemed safe is 75 Parts-per-Billion. The actual maximum level of that substance found in LUS’s water wells was only 1.3 Parts-Per-Billion. In other words, the LUS level can be characterized as being very safe by national drinking water standards.

Beyond that, it is important to note that all water that comes out of LUS wells is filtered and treated through LUS’s extensive treatment system, before being distributed to customers. LUS has regularly tested the water in its distribution system and has found no traces of P-Dichlorobenzene in LUS’s finished drinking water that is used by its customers.

LUS has always and will continue to take all prudent steps necessary to ensure safe drinking water to the public.

As a publicly owned utility, LUS provides electric, water and wastewater services to the City of Lafayette and portions of the surrounding areas.

For additional information about LUS, visit www.lus.org

Press Release - January 19, 2017 - By: Simone Sonnier, LUS Spokesperson