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Amoeba chlorine burn starts slow

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MODESTE - Ascension Parish informed residents Thursday of a potential change in the smell of their drinking water. The Parish has pumped chlorine into the ACUD No. 1 water system since Wednesday night after the system tested positive for a brain-eating amoeba.

The system serves 1,800 people in the Parish's west bank in communities outside of Donaldsonville. The amoeba, known as Naegleriasis, has caused a handful of deaths in recent years. It can be dangerous to people who get the contaminated water up their nose, but parish officials said the water is safe to drink.

Modeste resident Leonard Julien said he hasn't drank the tap water in years. However, when he smelled his tap water Thursday, he didn't notice a chlorine smell.

Parish officials said the chlorine is being added slowly, so residents could notice a change in its smell within two weeks.

The state requires chlorine to be pumped into the system for 60 days to kill the amoeba.


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