City officials in Lake Jackson take responsibility after amoeba threat

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Friday, October 9, 2020
Lake Jackson city manager explains water contaminant investigation
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Lake Jackson City Manager Modesto Mundo explains how the water crisis began amid concerns about brain-eating amoeba. The investigation began with the death of a 6-year-old boy.

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (KTRK) -- The city of Lake Jackson is apologizing to its residents and taking responsibility after a brain-eating amoeba caused the death of a 6-year-old last month.

City officials held a news conference on Friday afternoon and gave reason to how the amoeba formed and how the child may have contracted it.

The CDC said the only place the amoeba could grow was at a splash-pad the child had played on. Experts said the water they tested had low chlorine levels which bred the right environment for the amoeba to grow.

Mayor Bob Sipple said the community is going through a "difficult, unprecedented time" and that they never want this to happen to a new family.

Although residents may be nervous about using the water, Sipple said the city is using 100 percent well-water while the system is being flushed.

According to officials, chlorine will be put into the water system for 60 days until a retest takes place on Dec. 4.

The area boil water noticed was lifted on Tuesday, just two weeks after the amoeba was found in the city's water supply.

SEE ALSO: 6-year-old's death from the amoeba.