St. Joseph Residents are petitioning for better water

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ST. JOSEPH, La (KNOE 8 News)- Many residents in St. Joseph are tired of the terrible water quality.
Rosine Bouobde said these problems have been on going for more than 10 years.

She said people have either got complacent or have no faith in their own government; which is why a petition is starting to spread through Louisiana.

There have been more than 2,400 concerned Americans sign the petition.
The petition is asking President Obama to declare a federal emergency in St. Joseph and divert federal resources to repair the town's water infrastructure.

Rosine Bouobde has only lived in St. Joseph for 2 years, but understands the problem.
Bouobde has been reaching out to local officials non-stop.
"They haven't exactly told us why this isn't moving forward and if it's bureaucracy it's a shame", said Rosine Bouobde.

Bouobde isn't the only resident speaking out.
"I've tried to talk to anybody I can talk to and they say, ehh that's the way it is", said Resident of St. Joseph Monica Peri.

Bouobde said it costs a lot of money to supply bottled water all the time.
She said the local government hardly ever helps with providing clean water; when it's dirty.
"You have to keep in mind that this is a community where a lot of people live in the poverty guide line. They actually have to allocate their revenue to purchase water that is truly not fair is it", said Rosine Bouobde.

With it being the weekend; we were unable to get a hold of Mayor Edward Brown.

If you would like to sign the petition visit this website:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/clean-drinking-water-st-joseph-louisiana