Donaldsonville residents adjusting to water regulations

Donaldsonville residents adjusting to water regulations

DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - It could be another two to three days before Donaldsonville residents can drink their water.

The city has been on alert since high amounts of chlorine dioxide were discovered. Test results could come back within the next few days.

Residents and businesses have had to adjust, and they remain optimistic that things will get back to normal.

The kitchen at Grapevine Café has not slowed down despite the water alert. Cooks are using bottled water for all their needs.

The state has already sent in more than 100,000 bottles to Donaldsonville, and ice is being delivered from outside of town. Owner Brent Barbier said his staff has already gotten used to it.

"Most of my workers live in Donaldsonville," Barbier said. "So you know, they're feeling the same thing when they come home dealing with it. When they come to work, I mean, everyone's trying to make the best of it and hopefully this problem won't last too much longer."

Jay Perniciaro has lived in Donaldsonville for 21 years. He said he is not angry, but he is a little frustrated.

"The frustration comes from the fact that they knew this was going on for months and it finally reached a head," Perniciaro said. "That's the frustration part. I don't think there's any anger I think they're going to fix the problem I have faith in our system."

City Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin said a lot of residents feel confused, and he believes there will be more understanding once the findings from the DHH investigation are revealed.

"You're just not sure what's going on just yet," Aucoin said. "And I think a lot of people just don't understand what the problem was. I think they need to be clearer on that, exactly what happened here and just be honest with the people."

Barbier, Perniciaro, and Aucoin all expressed confidence in the DHH, and they hope the situation will be resolved as soon as possible.

"I'm sure they have their procedures that they're going to go through, and as to who's fault, I have no idea," Aucoin said.

"It's a little inconvenience, but I mean things happen. I mean we're going to make the best of it and hopefully it will be rectified in the next few days," Barbier said.

The state has distributed 109,000 bottles of water to Donaldsonville. At $.20 per bottle, that's $21,800 in costs.

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