Mar 25, 2014 8:34 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
State health officials say about 95 percent of Louisiana's drinking water systems have the raised disinfectant levels ordered statewide after a killer amoeba was found in two systems.
The Department of Health and Hospitals ordered the high levels after the amoeba was found in St. Bernard and DeSoto parish drinking water last year. The Naegleria fowleri (nuh-GLEHR-ee-uh FOW-luh-ree) amoeba had killed two people in St. Bernard Parish and one in DeSoto Parish since 2011
The rule also requires water systems to increase the number of spots where they take water for testing.
Secretary Kathy Kliebert says the department will continue to work with the 73 systems that don't yet comply to bring them up to the standard. Nearly 1,300 are in compliance.