Barbara Featherston, director of Shreveport's Water and Sewerage Department, talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the precautions the city takes to protect its water system from brain eating amoeba.


Concern around the area is spreading after the amoeba was found in samples taken from water in Bossier City. From Matt Parker and KEEL News:

The Louisiana Department of Health has announced that water samples taken from Bossier City have tested positive for brain eating amoeba. Several samples taken from the southern part of Bossier tested positive for the parasite.

This comes one day after the city announced it was conducting a chlorine flush of its water distribution system. The flush is already underway and is expected to take 60 days to complete.

After tests of the Sligo water system tested positive for brain eating amoeba, which Bossier provides water to, the City issued a statement saying their water was safe and did not show any signs of the parasite.

Featherston tells KEEL listeners that the Shreveport system is safe and levels of chlorine (used to destroy the amoeba) are constantly monitored.

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