Chlorine burn to last till October
DONALDSONVILLE - The ACUD-1 water system in Ascension Parish is one week into a 60-day chlorine burn. This comes after a brain-eating amoeba was found in the system in July.
The state requires a small amount of chlorine to be present in any water system. However, extra chlorine is added when an amoeba of this sort is detected.
The burn will continue through mid-October. The ACUD-1 water system serves abut 1800 people on the parish's west bank in the area outside of Donaldsonville.
Health officials say the water has always been safe to drink but warn to not get it up your nose. "That has to be the message in any water system," said Dr. Jimmy Guidry, the state's Health Officer. "You never know what the chlorine level is, so you always have to make sure it doesn't get up your nose."
This year health officials found amoebas in three water systems across the state. No illnesses were connected to any of the contaminations.