Brazosport is a town close to Houston in Southeast Texas, USA.
On September 25th, 2020, the local Water Authority announced that they noticed the presence of brain-eating amoeba, “naegleria fowleri” in the water supply. Brazosport Water Authority has issued an advisory not to use its water supply in its service area, which includes cities of Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute, and Rosenburg. The water plant also supplies water to some facilities in southern Houston.
The presence of the amoeba was first noticed at 9:30 p.m. and the do-not-use advisory was issued at 10:45 p.m.
During the advisory, residents are told not to use tap water for all purposes except flushing the toilet. Everything else should be prohibited, including the use for bathing.
The advisory will remain until the entire water system is flushed and the water is confirmed to be safe. Officials are working to restore the water system, but it is currently unknown when residents will be able to use the water again.
The brain-eating amoeba, naegleria fowleri, causes brain infection and destruction of brain tissue. This brain infection is called Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM). Officials say that people are generally not infected by drinking water containing naegleria fowleri, but are infected when contaminated water goes up the nose. Then, the amoeba goes up the nose and reaches the brain where it destroys the tissue.
CORRECTION: At 10 PM Friday the Brazosport Water Authority was informed of potential Naegleria Fowleri in the water supply.
DO NOT USE ADVISORY: Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute, Rosenberg, Dow Chemical, TDCJ Clemens & TDCJ Wayne Scott. https://t.co/CQB99XRhak— Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (@TCEQ) September 26, 2020