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DHH says Donaldsonville water alert could last another 2 or 3 days

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said the water alert in Donaldsonville could last another two or three days.

Officials said Peoples Water Service stopped using chlorine dioxide on Wednesday to treat the water and plans to switch to using chlorine instead.

They added the change could be made as early as Thursday.

However, Bob Johannessen, press secretary for DHH, said the move to stop using chlorine dioxide to treat the water could make it vulnerable to bacteria, so 24 hours must be allowed for the chlorine to take effect against bacteria.

He added crews will then take samples to determine whether the water is safe for drinking.

According to the Public Service Commission, an order was issued Wednesday to authorize the sale of Peoples Water Company to Ascension Parish.

Officials say they are currently monitoring the investigation into the current water alert. 

Read the detailed official document below. 

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