Environmental regulators seek legal action against home for mentally ill

Thursday, September 17, 2009 | 5:13 p.m. CDT; updated 5:58 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 17, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Environmental regulators have asked the Missouri attorney general's office to take legal action against a suburban St. Louis home for the mentally ill.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said Thursday Whispering Oaks Residential Care in Ballwin has violated the state's safe drinking water law. The department said it has not received an adequate response to numerous attempts to resolve the situation.

The home's owner, Naren Chaganti, said he was unaware of the department's action. He said he has persisted in having samples tested and hired an engineer to evaluate the system.

The department said Whispering Oaks is not meeting health standards for microbiological contaminants and the proper amount of disinfectant. The agency said the alleged violations could pose serious risks for the very young, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

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