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Opelousas water issues

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Costumers of the City of Opelousas Water System received a letter in the mail on Monday, regarding bacteria being found in their water system.

After a resident received a notice by mail of coliform in the water, eyebrows were raised because of the brain eating amoeba discovered in St Bernard parish last month. Public works director, Kim Fontenot said there is absolutely no relation whatsoever. Coliform is a bacteria that is naturally present in the environment. And test are frequently performed for its presence.

"When that test happens and it comes back positive, it could be anything from improper collection from the collection policy. This is just a faucet that is on the main water line that we take samples from", said Kim Fontenot Public Works Director City of Opelousas.

For each of the 25 samples collected per month, the collector, inspects the required smooth nozzle faucet, disinfects it, and allows the water to run or two full minutes before collecting the sample.

Israel Roberts, Water Production Supervisor says, "You can contaminate the sample if you talk over the bag while you're collecting it, if you touch inside the bag, if the handling is wrong, an insect can go in the sample faucet and it can contaminate that. So we disinfect it but it could have been something with the process that we use in the handling in the collection process."

The city has increased the flushing of water distribution, they are treating the water system and raising the sampling for coliform bacteria.

Since the coliform was detected twice in the 25 samples in August, 18 additional test have been performed and all of the samples have been clear.

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