Friday, November 21, 2014
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John Parish officials received approval from the LA Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) to end the chlorine burn issued for Water District #1, which includes Reserve, Garyville, Mt. Airy and West 5th St. from Apricot St. to Acorn St., after Naegleria fowleri (ameba) was detected in the water system on August 27, 2014.
St. John Water District #1 will remain on a 1.0 mg/l free chlorine until DHH collects samples for ameba on December 3, 2014. Sample results are expected to be received within 2-3 weeks following the sampling. Although St. John Parish is relieved from sampling 70 sites weekly, daily chlorine samples and monitoring will continue. When DHH confirms the ameba is no longer present in the water system, St. John will convert the distribution system to chloramine treatment and will maintain a 1.0 mg/l total chlorine residual in accordance with the emergency order. Residents will be notified when the conversion is scheduled. In the past, a 60 day chlorine burn has been successful in alleviating ameba and it does not live in cool weather.
“I want to reassure the residents of Water District #1 that the water is safe to drink and use for all purposes. With consistent levels of Chlorine in the water for the past 60 days, this eliminates conditions that breed the ameba and restores water that is safe for all purposes,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “I am relieved that this phase of the emergency requirement has been met; however, our efforts to maintain compliance with state and federal regulations are ongoing."