Plan to Release Disinfected Amoeba Water Into River

CHARLOTTE, NC — There is a plan in place to start releasing water infected with a brain-eating amoeba from the Whitewater Center. Water activities at the center remain closed to the public since a woman died from the amoeba last month.

Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins says the water will be disinfected. It should not be dangerous once it’s discharged into Long Creek, which flows into the Catawba River.

“It’s going to be much more chlorine than you would typically see in any other water treatment,” said Perkins. “And they’re going to let that soak and kill of 99.99 percent of the amoeba.”

After the chlorination, the water will go through ultra violent rays to kill off anything that’s left before it’s released into Long Creek.