Some Sorrento residents get connected to clean water
SORRENTO - After multiple complaints from residents on Bertrand Street in Sorrento, city council members are taking action.
People there started noticing a sewerage type smell coming from the water pouring out of the faucet. Residents use private well water for things like bathing and laundry. They also complained about the sewerage treatment pond behind their property. The water overflowed and ended up in their back yard. People were concerned because the water wells were in their back yard.
DEQ tested the water discharge from the water treatment plant and found that the levels of fecal coliform exceeded legal limits. DEQ is working with Sorrento to achieve compliance.
During an emergency city council meeting, council members decided to connect residents on Bertrand Street to the Ascension Water Supply.
"I'm excited," said Cindy Luquette. "I'm so glad we are going to have good water."
Council members also plan to hire a company to test the soil in the backyards, of the properties on Bertrand Street. If the soil is contaminated, they plan to re-mediate.
DHH says that public drinking water systems are unlikely to be affected.
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