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DHH: Chlorine levels still too low to kill deadly amoeba found in Ascension water district


DONALDSONVILLE, Louisiana — State health officials say an Ascension Parish water system where a brain-eating amoeba was found last month has not maintained a high enough level of chlorine aimed at ensuring the deadly organism is eliminated.

Dr. Jimmy Guidry, the health officer with the state Department of Health and Hospitals, tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1JTkWRm) water in the Ascension Consolidated Utility District No. 1 has not sustained the chlorine level required for a "chlorine burn."

Parish officials claimed last week that the burn had already reached the maximum ppm level and that the amoeba had been killed off.

Guidry said recent testing tells a different story.

The state's finding means it will take longer for the process of the chlorine burn to finish, though officials say the water remains safe to drink.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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