Senatobia residents worried about boil water alert - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Senatobia residents worried about boil water alert

That boil water order was issued Monday, but many residents didn't find out about it until today.

Some folks in Senatobia have already moved on to Christmas, but others are still thinking about last night's Thanksgiving dinner. And now they're worried about that water because they're just finding out about a three day old boil water alert.

"I don't have any reason, I don't know, we hadn't got any notification or legal mail or anything like that telling us the water's contaminated or what," said resident Michael Harrison.

The Harrisons got lucky, a friend told them on Wednesday.

"We went to Wal-Mart and bought distilled water and used it in making our food and cooking stuff like that," Harrison.

But most residents had no idea until Action News 5 told them.

"I'm four months pregnant; I've got a two-year-old, it's kind of scary," said Kacey Houston.

Some people we talked to said they got a letter from the city in October saying that Coliform bacteria had been found in water samples taken in September. The letter goes on to say that Coliform itself is not harmful and that residents didn't need to boil their water.

Then, on November 22, the on-line edition of the Senatobia newspaper reported that the Mississippi Department of Health had put the city under a boil water alert.

It appears some businesses, like the White Starr restaurant, were told about the problem. And a Wal-Mart manager says the health department told him, so he tried to pass word on to his customers with a clear message...Don't Drink the Water.

We tried to contact the Senatobia mayor to find out why residents were not notified earlier, he was out of town and unavailable for comment. The boil order will be lifted after two more water tests come back clean.

Action News 5 will let you know when that happens.

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