St. Joseph residents to get bottled water through September

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ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - A new report said it's likely to be another eight months before St. Joseph residents can drink tap water.

The state has provided bottled water since mid-December, because high lead levels were found at about one-quarter of the homes.

The Advocate reported that David Greer, who is overseeing the town's finances, said work has begun on a new water system. But he said that probably won't be finished at least until late September.

State health officer Jimmy Guidry said St. Joseph's problems are less severe than those in Flint, Michigan. He said one reason is that many people already drank bottled water, because the tap water often was brown and smelly. And children under the age of six live in only two of the houses with high lead levels.

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