ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Concerned citizens in St. Bernard Parish can learn more about a brain-eating amoeba found in the parish's water system.
State Senator J.P. Morrell is hosting a community meeting to touch base with residents Tuesday evening. Leaders from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will also be on hand to answer questions.
The parish started a 60-day chlorine burn last week to flush the lines after an amoeba was detected in a sample. The health department says the water is safe to drink, but it warns people should not get it up their nose.
Parish President Dave Peralta thinks the problem is not in the water system, but because of faulty equipment at the sample site.
"What we believe we have had happen is there's been an infiltration of the water that was pulled around the sampling station," Peralta said.
Tuesday's meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Nunez Community College Auditorium.