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CHENEYVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The town of Cheneyville sent out letters to residents at the end of December informing them that the town's drinking water was not monitored, leaving some concerned about the safety of the water.

A letter says there was a failure to collect required bacteriological samples for the monitoring period of August first through August 31st, 2013.

"Submissions have to be made regularly. If there is some problem there then the systems have to notify their customers that there has been a breakdown in that submission system," said Doctor David Holcombe with the Office of Health.

Mayor Derrick Johnson says the water samples were taken but not submitted in time for testing.

"It is really not a panic situation as some might think it is. Basically our water supervisor did not turn the water samples in on the right day," said Johnson.

The letter however, caused concern with some of Cheneyville's residents.

"Me personally, I think that is a failure with the government. The water has to be tested. I think that should have been on top of monitoring the water because you never know what could happen, anything could happen," said Ladrakus Frank, a Cheneyville resident.

Especially when it comes to his family's and community's health.

"Life is about family, so I got to have my family healthy. I shouldn't have to worry about my water being contaminated. That is one thing I don't have to worry about."

But health officials say that the town's water is safe.

"All of the samples that have been submitted for germs, bacteriological samples are all negative from that system. People should not be worried about their water. This is a collection issue and laboratory submission. Not a water safety issue," said Doctor Holcombe.

We also tried to contact Cheneyville water officials, but have not heard back from them at this time.

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