Water Woes Plague Small Town Of St. Mary

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ST. MARY, MO (KTVI)-- Water woes continue to plague a city the FOX Files first exposed in 2010.  St. Mary is a small town in southeast Missouri.

The drinking water has failed numerous tests. The latest positive testing indicated the presence of coliform bacteria.

The mayor of the city declined to comment on the tests saying he had just returned from vacation and would know more about the tests later in the week.

Alderman Frank Gerardot is not staying silent.  He believes the tests are a sign that the city`s water is not safe.

"I don`t drink it," Gerardot said.

He says the presence of the bacteria could make some residents sick, especially those with weakened immune systems.

Rollin Picou is a St. Mary property owner and says the water tastes funny.

Others believe it`s fine.

Amy Richardson has lived in St. Mary most of her life and says the water is much better than it once was.

"Back then it would be bad enough that if you washed your whites in it they were ruined," said Richardson.  Now she lets her family drink the water.

Alderman Gerardot says the city has cleaned the water tower, replaced pipes and chlorinated the water. He believes a permanent solution would be for St. Mary to receive its water directly from nearby Ste. Genevieve.

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