Thursday, October 10, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – As a result of the recent detection of ameba in St. Bernard and DeSoto Parish water systems, St. John Parish has implemented additional sampling and testing procedures to ensure the water supply remains safe. The Utilities Department has also increased the levels of chlorine and ammonia in the water system to control bacterial growth as recommended by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). Two chlorine burns have been conducted and distribution lines have been flushed with additional chlorine as a precaution.
During this process, residents MAY notice a change in the smell and taste of the water throughout the parish; however it remains safe to drink. Residents are advised to take personal actions to protect themselves from potential exposure to ameba by limiting the amount of water entering the nasal passage while bathing or swimming. “It is important to remember that the water is safe to drink; the ameba cannot infect an individual through the stomach,” said Louisiana State Health Office Dr. Jimmy Guidry.
DHH advises that residents should consider the following precautionary measures:
For further information, please visit dhh.louisiana.gov/WaterFacts or sjbparish.com and address questions via e-mail to DHHinfo@la.govor through a form at www.dhh.louisiana.gov.