News Briefs: 'Brain-Eating Amoeba' Returns to Louisiana Parish

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, Salem, Oregon, continues its fight against cyanotoxins; and designers are making wedding dresses out of toilet paper

Naegleria fowleri, colloquially known as the brain-eating amoeba, has made a return to Terrebonne Parish in Louisiana. It’s the third time since 2015 the organism has been found in the water system.

The Terrebonne Consolidated Waterworks District released an advisory telling residents not to allow water to get up their noses while bathing or put their heads under water, since that’s how people get infected. Symptoms of an infection resemble those of meningitis.

Drinking the water is safe because stomach acid kills the amoeba. The district changed its disinfection process in an effort to kill the organism.

The public works department of Salem, Oregon, is implementing a powder-activated carbon process in its attempt to remove the algal toxins recently discovered in its drinking water system.

The department has undergone a few small-scale tests with the procedure, but will enact a full-scale version July 2.

A drinking water advisory has been in place for two weeks. City manager Steve Powers told the Statesman Journal he’s confident this is the solution. “I am less confident regarding the time that will be needed for the solution to work.”

A derailment of an oil train in a flooded area in northwestern Iowa has downstream water utilities in a number of towns and cities concerned.

Even 150 miles south of the spill in Omaha, officials are monitoring drinking water pumps that draw water from the Missouri River.

Each oil tanker car can hold more than 25,000 gallons, and 33 of the cars derailed. Crews have been working to skim oil from floodwaters in the area.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was set to visit the site of the derailment June 23.

You thought flushable wipes were a problem? What about flushable wedding gowns?

In partnership with Quilted Northern, the website Cheap Chic Weddings is holding its 14th annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest in which designers create wedding dresses using only toilet paper, glue, tape, needle and thread.

There have been more than 1,500 submissions.


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