With salvinia spraying, is Shreveport's water safe?
Shreveport, LA (KMS) — It was less than a month ago when Shreveport's water purification superintendent promised that despite the smell and the taste of Shreveport's water, it is safe to drink.
Now, many are worried about the water once again, not because of the smell or taste, but because of the salvinia. Like most other lakes in the area, the west side of Cross Lake is covered with salvinia, leaving officials little choice but to spray the area with herbicide to keep the salvinia from spreading.
However, unlike other lakes, Cross Lake is the source of the vast majority of Shreveport's drinking water, leaving some to worry if daily spraying is dangerous for people in Shreveport.
Shreveport's Department of Engineering and Environmental Services promises that their daily spraying of herbicide is completely safe for water drinkers. They use a herbicide that is formulated for use in drinking reservoirs, and have it applied by a professional.
If that promise still leaves people hesitant about the water safety, there is another source. The same government agency that ensures the safety of drinking water also checks the herbicides used at Cross Lake, ensuring public safety.