Living without water in Lone Grove

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

Water is still on the minds of a lot of people in Lone Grove, as they continue to wait for word from the city that the town’s water supply is safe. Today we spoke to regular people being affected by the water contamination.

After more than a week without water, you might expect that Diana Mayo would be just a little cranky about the situation in Lone Grove by now, but you'd be wrong.

"There’s only one of me -- and three cats -- so I’ve been coping pretty good," she says.

Although she is in good spirits, Diana admits it has been an ordeal.

"A nightmare… I mean you can't bathe. Today’s the first day I’ve had a bath-- and it smells like Clorox -- in 8 days. But I have gone to friends' houses. "

She lives right on Brock Road near the site of last Wednesday’s water main break and just down the road from where the herbicide is believed to have been introduced into the system by someone improperly filling a chemical tank.

"Two days ago I washed my hair with a bottle of water, and that's kind of hard to do by yourself," Diana says.

The effects of Lone Grove's water problems go beyond household inconveniences. Just ask Doug Martin. He runs Daylight Donuts, and says he had to close his business for six days, and that’s hit him in the pocket book.

"I don't know the exact amount, but several thousand dollars," he says of money lost.

Martin says communications could have been better. How did he find out about the problems?

"Word of mouth.’

Did the health department come out and talk to you or anything?


Did the city come out and talk to you or anything?


Did the police knock on your door and say, hey, there's a problem with the water?

“No sir.”

Did the fire department come out and say hey you might not want to use the water?


Do you use water to make donuts?


Doug also has a positive attitude about the whole thing and is just glad to be back in business.

As for Ms. Mayo, she echoes the sentiments of most Lone Grove residents we spoke with and hopes it is all over with soon.

"I just hate that this happened. I hope the city is better prepared next time."

The latest information from the D.E.Q. shows the light at the end of the tunnel. Zone B has been reduced in size and that is the only area that is still without normal service. Also, people who live in zone b who have water can now drink it, wash dishes, and cook with it if you boil first.

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