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Mississippi River Oil Spill Leaves Many Skeptical that Drinking Water is Safe

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Even though they have been told city water is safe to drink, New Orleans residents aren’t buying it and are buying bottled water instead. following this week’s Mississippi River oil spill. One resident told The Times-Picayune that Mayor Ray Nagin’s recent statements that Algiers residents use city water in “moderation” had made some skeptical of claims that the supply is safe.

“The mayor’s saying, ‘Drink the water in moderation,’ so does that mean I’m going to get moderately sick?” said Ed Moise, an Algiers restaurant owner. “Or are my guests going to get moderately sick?”

According to The Times-Picayune, Algiers residents emptied store shelves of bottled water Thursday, while some restaurants closed or cut back menus. Following the spill, New Orleans officials said that water for neighborhoods on the east bank of the Mississippi River was safe to drinks, as intakes for those areas were upstream from the oil slick. After shutting down intakes downriver that serve the city’s Algiers area, officials announced that they were open again, and that water drawn from the oil-polluted river was being subjected to an extra cleaning step to rid it of contaminants. The city has insisted that water going through that process has tested free of toxins and other contaminants.

The situation is the same in St. Bernard’s Parish, where water intake was first down, but restarted. The manager of a store there told the Times-Picayune that he was selling 72 24-packs of bottled water every hour. One customer of the store, Iris Riess of Chalmette, said that she would not allow her grandchildren to drink water from the tap. “For myself, I’m not worried,” she said. “But I’ll probably wait a few days before I let my grandchildren drink it.”

Water intakes for Plaquemines Parish are still shut off, and the parish has only about a 12-hour supply of water left. However, Plaquemines can tap into a water line supplied by Jefferson Parish when that runs out.

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