After a rare brain-eating amoeba was found in the St. Bernard Parish water system, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes are increasing measures to ensure the safety of their water supplies, while Orleans Parish officials assured residents that its water supply is safe.
In Plaquemines Parish, officials have submitted a request to the state to have its water system tested, according to parish offiicials.
“Parish employees will flush our water lines this weekend and we will take every precaution necessary to ensure 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,” Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said.
“The steps we are taking are purely precautionary measures.”
As the parish flushes the water system, Plaquemines officials said, residents may see open fire hydrants; it is a part of flushing process and is not a cause for concern.
Officials from New Orleans issued a statement on the safety of the city's water supply:
"The Sewerage and Water Board is constantly monitoring the status of New Orleans’ water supply. New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish have completely separate potable water systems; and there is no cause for concern for New Orleans residents. The Sewerage and Water Board is providing assistance to DHH in their efforts to address this event," said Garnesha Crawford, Director of Communications for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
In St. Charles Parish, personnel at the Waterworks treatment plant are increasing the sampling of the parish’s water system to ensure its safety.