SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - On October 10, the Louisiana Department of Health reported a Bossier City water system site tested positive for bacteria known as the “brain-eating amoeba.”
Since then, the city has administered a chlorine burn to combat the amoeba.
KSLA News 12 has received several questions about the water whether it’s safe to use and drink.
Doug Warner sat down with Dr. Martha Whyte with the Louisiana Department of Health to separate myth from fact when it comes to Bossier City’s water.
Officials say the tap water is safe to drink, but recommend taking the following precautions:
- DO NOT allow water to go up your nose or sniff water into your nose when bathing, showering, washing your face or swimming in small hard plastic/blow-up pools.
- DO NOT jump into or put your head under bathing water (bathtubs, small hard plastic/blow-up pools). Instead, walk or lower yourself in.
- DO NOT allow children to play unsupervised with hoses or sprinklers. They might accidentally squirt water up their nose. Avoid slip-n-slides or other activities where it is difficult to prevent water from going up the nose.
- DO run bath and shower taps and hoses for 5 minutes before use to flush out the pipes. This is most important the first time you use the tap after the water utility raises the disinfectant level.
- DO keep small hard plastic/blow-up pools clean by emptying, scrubbing and drying them after each use.
- DO use only boiled and cooled, distilled or sterile water for making sinus rinse solutions for neti pots.