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?

“No.”

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

“No.”

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?

“No.”

Do you use water to make donuts?

“Yes.”

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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  • by anonymous on Feb 21, 2008 at 05:45 PM
    The city manager is a joke and your all right. She does not know one single thing about how to run a city. She blames it on poor communication, why can't she just accept the responsibility??? She got a 20,000 dollar raise to stay on as city manager, thats why she wont take responsibility!
  • by Anonymous Location: Ardmore on Feb 6, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    The people of LG have been more than patient with the water situation, and they deserve some explanations as to exactly what is going on..oh, I'm sure it's a liability issue...but someone has got to know something..but if they talk, they just might lose their jobs..sad...all political
  • by LG73443 Location: Lone Grove on Feb 4, 2008 at 01:29 PM
    I need to know....Has anyone been sick from the water contamination? Rashes, bronchitis, URI???? Anything?
  • by Anonymous Location: still living on Brock Road... on Feb 1, 2008 at 04:26 PM
    When are we going to find out what really happened? Why have the city just "swept it under the rug?" We too have been out a lot of money and inconveniences....however, it's just the turn of events that seems so unfair! If it was a break and that does happen, then maybe an OKAY, but, this is serious..the contamination..we want the truth...at least my family does...and I know everyone else out there too in LG...
  • by stephanie Location: lone grove on Feb 1, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    I really want to know how long we are going to be without water. DEQ came out to my house on tuesday and took water samples, while they were here i asked question. they said that a water line on darango about more then 6 months ago had to be fix there but to was suppost to be shut commplety off at that point, when they fixed it. but the city manager did know if that happened or not. NO ? why doesnt the city manager know what been fixed and what not been fix. do we keep blue print of the city? And also while DEQ was here they said that the water line on brock whould prob have to be replaced. that 1 mile worth of pipe. ? how long will that take? will people be without water then too? and let me ask a stupid ? How in one day did pestasides accitently get put in the water and a water line bust the same day, that morning? yes, i think the news need to find out the truth about what really going on because the city manager is NOT telling the truth. AND WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW
  • by LG73443 Location: Lone Grove on Feb 1, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    I wish that the news reporter would of come down a little bit further down on Brock and talked to my family. I have a family of six. We have been out a lot of money, lost time from work, sick kids, etc. The Fire Dept. did a wonderful job handing out the water, but the city manager is a disgrace to our community. I have emailed and called her everyday bc I want answers and she will never answer any calls. I guess she is afraid of liability issues like the pest control man was. What a joke!
  • by Anonymous Location: Lone Grove on Feb 1, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    Well I will agree that it's getting better, but we have 2 kids and several animals. Let me tell you, ya showering and laundry is nice, but it's still a big inconvinence to heat water to do dishes then try to pour water over them to rinse. I think the city manager has been proven un-fit. We need someone who will inform our town when something like this arises and the problem should be fixed in a timely manner. Just because we don't have water doesn't mean we don't have work and daily functions we are expected to deal with. This is something all should be prepared for. I am very unimpressed by the way the whole issue has been handled.
  • by M.J. Location: LG on Jan 31, 2008 at 08:11 PM
    Well, slowly but surely, things are almost back to normal here on Brock..I hope this NEVER happens again!!!
  • by DIANA MAYO Location: LONE GROVE on Jan 31, 2008 at 05:41 PM
    I JUST WANT TO THANK ROBIN BEAL FOR COMING INTO MY HOME TODAY AND ASKING ME ABOUT THE WATER SITUATION IN LONE GROVE. HE WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL AND VERY NICE. YOU NEED TO PROMOTE HIM!!!!! TELL HIM THANKS FOR ADVERTISING MY AVON FOR ME. HA!!! I WILL ALWAYS WATCH KXII NEWS AND WEATHER. THANKS, DIANA
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