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DHH reassures Modeste community water is safe to drink

Crews collect a sample from a water tower near Donaldsonville. (Source: James Sparvero/WAFB) Crews collect a sample from a water tower near Donaldsonville. (Source: James Sparvero/WAFB)
Drums of chlorine arriving at the pump near Donaldsonville close to where the deadly parasite was found in the water. (Source: James Sparvero/WAFB) Drums of chlorine arriving at the pump near Donaldsonville close to where the deadly parasite was found in the water. (Source: James Sparvero/WAFB)
Modeste, LA (WAFB) -

The Department of Health and Hospitals continues to emphasize the water is safe to drink in the small Ascension Parish community of Modeste even though officials are still doing a chlorine burn to kill off a potentially deadly amoeba.

"You're going to smell it. You're going to notice a different taste, but it's perfectly healthy to drink," said Dr. Jimmy Guidry with DHH. "But the amoeba doesn't live in it.

DHH said a burn simply means the amount of chlorine in the water is double of what is required by state law, but well below what is considered unhealthy.

"We do the 60-day burn, then we go out and test to make sure we got rid of the amoeba," said Guidry. "We do two rounds of testing, and once we are sure it's gone, we may go back to the system we had before with extra monitoring to make sure that we keep the level to make sure we can keep the amoeba at bay."

DHH confirmed Tuesday that the "brain-eating amoeba was found at water station on Brou Road while testing the water system as part of the state's new public drinking water surveillance program. This is the second summer the DHH has been done the surveillance.

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