- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - 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, state health officials say.

The Department of Health and Hospitals ordered the high levels after the amoeba called Naegleria fowleri was found in St. Bernard and DeSoto parish drinking water last year. It had killed two people in St. Bernard Parish and one in DeSoto Parish since 2011.

The rule also requires Louisiana’s 1,369 public water systems to increase the number of spots where they take water for testing.

“We will continue to work with the 73 systems that did not yet comply to ensure that they do,” Secretary Kathy Kliebert said in a news release. “It is important for users in these systems to understand that their water remains safe to drink, even if the system did not comply with the new rule yet. The raised chlorination standards are higher than the national standards for drinking water and were put in place to ensure that the water is safe for all uses.”

Nearly 1,300 drinking water systems are in compliance.

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73 noncompliant systems: http://1.usa.gov/1mruQOL