State to implement new standards to kill amoeba in water systems

State to implement new standards to kill amoeba in water systems

State to implement new standards to kill amoeba in water systems

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Posted on October 9, 2013 at 9:21 PM

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NEW ORLEANS -- After another parish showed traces of a deadly brain-eating amoeba that was contracted in a parish's water system, the state is taking steps to disinfect water supplies across Louisiana.

State health officials are recommending the 82 water systems statewide that use chlorine and small amounts of ammonia to disinfect their water to increase that combination to control the amoeba.

The state's new standards will exceed the current federal standard issued by the EPA.

The new recommendations come after the brain eating amoeba was detected first in St. Bernard parish, and most recently in DeSoto Parish.

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