Plaquemines Parish requests water system test following amoeba discovery

Plaquemines Parish requests water system test following amoeba discovery
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POSTED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 7:34pm

In light of the situation with the Naegleria Fowleri Amoeba being found in the St. Bernard Parish water system, Plaquemines Parish has immediately put in a request to the State to get its water system tested.

“Parish employees will flush our water lines this weekend and we will take every precaution necessary to insure that the water in Plaquemines Parish is safe for our residents. There is no reason to believe that we have a problem with our water,” says Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. “The steps we are taking are purely precautionary measures.”

The parish is also looking for a long term program that will periodically test the parish’s water system to insure that residents of Plaquemines Parish are safe.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the young child that passed away after contracting the infection in St. Bernard Parish,” Nungesser said.

Following proper protocol, Plaquemines Parish Government has put in a request with the State and the Department of Health and Hospitals to test the water system in Plaquemines Parish. The state in turn will meet with the Center for Disease Control to decide when and how the Plaquemines Parish water system will be tested.

As the parish flushes the water system this weekend, residents may see open fire hydrants. This is a part of process, and should be no cause for concern.

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