Due to brain-eating amoeba, water systems told to make changes
BATON ROUGE- State health leaders have asked water companies that use the same solution to cleanse water as the two systems where brain-eating amoeba were found to increase the amount of solution being used.
The Department of Health and Hospitals said Wednesday night it strongly recommends residual chlorine levels be at 0.5 milligrams per liter throughout distribution lines.
A child died from a brain-eating amoeba in St. Bernard Parish then brain-eating amoeba were found in water in DeSoto Parish. The drinking water systems utilize chloramines. Eighty-five others do too.
In the capital region, water systems in parts of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, and Tangipahoa Parishes use the same solution. It does not mean there is brain-eating amoeba in the systems, or that water is susceptible to having brain-eating amoeba.
Water systems required to increase chlorine sampling and monitoring frequency will be provided additional assistance by DHH that could include testing kits and personnel to conduct monitoring. Public health engineers are currently evaluating and monitoring recent residual chlorine levels for the more than 1,300 drinking water systems throughout the state.
Only two parishes have had positive test results for brain-eating amoeba.