Ascension Parish plans water fix
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish is working to improve the water safety of their system that feeds water to people in rural areas on the westside of the parish.
The system isn't holding a high enough amount of chlorine to eradicate any possible brain-eating amoebas, even though the deadly amoeba hasn't been detected in the lines. After a scare earlier this year in other parishes, the Department of Health and Hospitals ordered parishes to increase their levels of chlorine.
"This is something that is kind of recent because initially you just had to maintain some residual chlorine to remain in compliance. Now, because of this new order you have to go significantly more than that to remain in compliance." said Ken Dawson, the chief administrative officer for Ascension Parish.
To comply, Ascension Parish will install a pump near one of the water intake systems to add chlorine to keep it going throughout their lines.
The parish is also planning to take precautionary measures, flushing the lines with chlorine to ensure there are no harmful bacteria in the system, even while tests continue to show the water is safe.