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St. Bernard Parish resumes normal disinfection methods at water plant

ST. BERNARD, LA (WVUE) - St. Bernard officials announce the parish will return to normal disinfection methods at the water and sewer plant. 
Last September, the Department of Health and Hospitals mandated the parish to perform a "chlorine burn."
The mandate came after a rare amoeba found in the parishes system was linked to the death of a child back in July.
The water and sewer division will now change from using free chlorine to using "chloramines."

The return to chloramines is intended to benefit customers by reducing the levels of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in the system, while still providing protection from waterborne disease
Officials warn the change to chloramines can cause problems to people dependent on dialysis machines and may be toxic to fish.

If you have a fish tank, make sure that the chemicals or filters that you are using are designed for use in water that has been treated with chloramines. You may also need to change the type of filter that you use for the fish tank. 

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