Enterprise community gathers to voice concerns after fecal bacteria findings

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ENTERPRISE, La. (KNOE) - On Saturday, community members for the town of Enterprise gathered to discuss the ongoing water issues. This comes after Tulane researchers found fecal bacteria in the water of some businesses and homes back in April.

One resident says his family has contracted H Pylori from drinking their tap water. Members say this is the reason they are fighting for a solution. They are wanting the town's water board/JCP to take additional tests to prove there's a problem. But the board can't do that without needed funds.

Residents say the town should be declared a state of emergency to help get emergency funding. But in order for the town be declared a state of emergency, they must have proof that there is a major issue. And they can't use Tulane's findings as proof.

Last week KNOE was able to reach the owner of JCP, Glen Womack. Womack said in part, "I can't validate and do anything with Tulane University's test results. When the health department comes to us, then they will force us to protect the people and the customers of Enterprise. We cannot do anything unless the Health Department advises us to do so."

The town's water board only tests for a bacteria called coliform, which tests have come back negative for. Tulane researchers are testing for lead, bacteria, and copper.

Janie Jones has been leading the disaster and research for Tulane. She says if any Enterprise residents would like their home to be tested, they can contact her at (318) 757-5562.

They are also hosting a water drive. Donations can be dropped off at the Jim Bowie's on 3642 LA-124.