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St. John schools seek bottled water amid amoeba crisis

2 years 4 months 1 week ago September 12, 2014 Sep 12, 2014 Friday, September 12 2014 September 12, 2014 6:50 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

EDGARD, LA - As the St. John the Baptist Parish government continues trying to eradicate a potentially fatal brain-damaging amoeba from a portion of its water system, the St. John School Board has declared a state of emergency.

The declaration allows the school system to bypass public bid laws to buy bottled water for students at six schools.

School officials estimate they will spend $17,500 for dispensers at the schools for 60 days.

State health officials said the amoeba is dangerous only if the infected water gets into the nasal cavity and reaches the brain. They ordered St. John to elevate chlorine flushing on Aug. 27, after samples taken Aug. 12 indicated there was no chlorine in a system that serves more than 12,000 people in Reserve.

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