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(Susan Parker)
(Susan Parker)
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Updated: 10/10/2013 3:50 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- What sounds scarier than brain-eating amoeba?

How about if it's found in your water system.

That's the case in the Louisiana where the federal centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms the presence of the amoeba in five locations of the northwest Louisiana water system.

Closer to home, the Northeast Mississippi Regional Water Supply District officials keep close eye on such situations.

They supply treated river water to Fulton, Tupelo, portions of Saltillo, Baldwyn and Verona.

Project Manager Melvin Orr says the presence of brain-eating amoeba in water systems such as Louisiana's usually stems from a compromise in the chlorination system.

He says it's vital to keep chlorine dosages at the right level at all times-which they do with the help of field experts and technology.

"That's why here we have backups. That why we monitor beyond what's the minimal requirement of every four hours," Orr said.

Orr says they have two operators who test the water every two to four hours.
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