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Officials talk water quality after amoeba scare

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DONALDSONVILLE - A crowded room of people learned more about the brain-eating amoeba that was found in their water system two weeks ago.

Water system officials and scientists from the Department of Health and Hospitals talked about the process to eradicate the amoeba from the system. They reiterated, the water is safe to drink but people should still be cautious about water getting up their nose.

"This is probably something that has been in our water systems for a long time. And, we're just now able to find it. No other state is testing for this... But we're doing this second summer of testing and we're finding it. And, we're really finding it where there is no chlorine. So, the emphasis is making sure we have chlorine in the system," the state health officer, Jimmie Guidry said Tuesday night.

Guidry clarified what officials have been saying - the chlorine burn to get rid of the amoeba hasn't started yet. But, crews have started adding more chlorine to the water system. The official burn might not start for another three weeks. The chlorine burn will last at least sixty days.

People were told the amoeba was found only in one area, near the end of the water system, and other lines are clear. There will be changes to the water system where the amoeba was found, however. State monitors want to make sure there is an adequate amount of chlorine in the water.

The state has a special website set up dealing with the Ascension Parish amoeba situation. Click HERE to access the site.

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