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Donaldsonville mayor declares state of emergency related to 'do not drink' water alert

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The mayor of Donaldsonville has declared a state of emergency after the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals advised against drinking or cooking with water from the tap.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan issued the declaration due to elevated chlorine levels in the water. Peoples Water Service advised customers not to drink, cook or ingest the water. 

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa is offering assistance to the city of Donaldsonville. The parish has no direct authority over the water system, but Matassa hopes to change that.

"We are in the process of acquiring Peoples [Water Service], Matassa said. "This is a problem and we are working with DHH to get the bottom line on it."

Sullivan said the "do not drink" alert will remain in effect until further notice, which could be any time between Wednesday and a few days from now. Officials are really not sure.

The mayor said he wants to see all the facts to see what he's really dealing with.

The city is waiting on a water truck to arrive and then a Robo call will be used to notify residents of where and when to get water. Also, the schools are going with backup lunches and hand sanitizer in all of the bathrooms.

One of the owners of the private water company is flying in from Baltimore.

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