AUSTIN, TX — Brazosport Water Authority users late Friday were informed of the presence of the brain-eating amoeba naegleria fowleri in the water supply, prompting a “do not use” advisory across multiple cities.
The advisory covers the cities of Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute, Rosenburg, Dow Chemical, TDCJ Clemens and TDCJ Wayne Scott, according to a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality advisory issued just before 10:45 p.m. on Friday. Regulators said utility officials were first notified of the amoeba presence at 9:30 p.m.
“The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at the direction of the Governor’s Office, is working with Brazosport Water Authority to resolve the issue as quickly as possible,” officials wrote in the advisory.
In a do not use water advisory, impacted residents are urged not to drink or use the tap water from the impacted system — for any purpose for the duration of the advisory — including for the purposes of bathing. Flushing the toilet is safe, regulators noted.
“The do not use advisory will remain in place until the water system has been adequately flushed and samples indicate that the water is safe to use,” regulators wrote. “It is not known at this time how long this may take, but the health and safety of the public water system’s customers is TCEQ’s priority.”