RESERVE, La. Water fountains have been shut off and bottled water is being provided to students in six St. John the Baptist Parish schools following the health department's alert about the presence of Naegleria Fowleri amoeba in the Water District No. 1 system.

The parish said it was urged by the Department of Health and Hospitals to take such action and that the fountains will remain closed until the DHH deems the water safe.

The water district serves six schools: St. John Child Development Center, Garyville-Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet School, East St. John High School, Fifth Ward Elementary School, Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School and East St. John Elementary School.

The parish government has commenced a 60-day chlorine burn to rid the area of this problem.

In addition, parish officials said that faculty and staff at the elementary schools in question are monitoring closely to ensure that students are being responsible in restrooms and near sinks. While this problem persists, we are allowing parents to send one bottle of water to school with their children.

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