Peralta announces precautions to combat AmoebaSep 23rd, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: News
At Tuesday’s Council meeting, Parish President Dave Peralta announced the Administration’s concern with the current brain-eating amoeba scare, and stated that the Parish is doing what it can to combat the problem.
As a means to cleanse the Parish’s water system, pipes are continually being flushed and chlorine is slowly being added to the system.
“The Parish Government has been working tirelessly since last week to address ongoing concerns regarding the water supply,” said Peralta. “The Water and Sewer division has increased chlorine treatments to 500 lbs. per day and continues to utilize fire hydrants as a means of flushing the system.”
The purpose of these actions is to increase overall chlorine content and to create an environment where microorganisms such as amoeba cannot survive. The Parish will heed the advice of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) by continuing this process until they reach 0.5 parts per million chlorine residual throughout the system.
Peralta also expressed that while drinking and bathing in the water is completely safe, the Parish is still advising everyone to avoid getting water up their nasal passages. Also, residents may detect a strong scent of chlorine in the water, but should be aware that the chlorine levels are harmless.
For more information on how to avoid this amoeba you can call the Parish’s hotline at 504.278.4251. to hear Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.