NOTE: This parish news release is dated August 27, 2014
The Department of Health and Hospitals has detected an ameba at the end of the parish line in Water District #1, the system that services Reserve, Garyville, and Mt Airy residents.
While the water remains safe for consumption, there is a risk if the ameba enters the nasal passage. It is imperative that residents refrain from water entering the nose.
St. John the Baptist Parish will begin performing chlorine burns in the system beginning tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. as a protective measure. The Utilities Department will continue the chlorine burn for 60 days.
During the chlorine burn, residents may notice a change in the smell and taste of the water. If you have any questions, please call the Emergency Operations Center at 985-652-2222.
According to the CDC, personal actions to reduce the risk of Naegleria fowleri infection should focus on limiting the amount of water going up a person's nose and lowering the chances that Naegleria fowleri may be in the water. Preventative measures recommended by the CDC include the following: