Possible cause for brain-eating ameoba contamination

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STERLINGTON, La (KNOE 8 News) - Community concern runs high as water treatment continues tonight for a brain eating amoeba found in a local water system.

Severn Trent is the consulting firm in charge of the water in the affected areas. Project Manager Jason Moss says they are doing what they can to treat the water and investigate the cause.

"One of the concerns that we have that could be a potential source of the amoeba is what is called a cross connection where a customer tied his home water to supply to the irrigation water supply," Moss explained.

Which, Moss says, can have dangerous results.

"And you have an opportunity for contamination to get into the water system," he said.

Tommy Sparks says they are investigating more houses for similar cases of cross connection.

"I've obtained a firm in Baton Rouge, an engineering firm to make a survey of all homes on the bayou in this area to determine if there is any cross connection," Sparks said.

Sena Clark has lived in Sterlington for four years and understands why people are concerned, but says it's something she has gotten used to.

"I don't think it is a huge concern. I mean our water has always had impurities in it before and we're just fine," she said.

Bayou Desiard in Monroe has tested positive for the amoeba.

Moss says they are currently shocking the water with chlorine and once the proper levels are reached they must be maintained for 60 days before the water can be re-tested by the state.