repaired on Tuesday around 2 p.m. He said he advised everyone in the community to boil their water for the next couple of days to ensure it was clean and not contaminated.
Tina Black, a truck driver, said she came home on Friday night from work and she noticed water rushing from pipes behind one of the homes in the community. She said she and other residents have called the police, the Red Cross and the county looking for ways to help resolve the issue.
“I think that every day we have been without water, we should get something deducted off our rent,” Black said. “This month alone, we have been without water at least four times.”
Black’s neighbor Cher- yl Watson, also complained about the water problem.
“All the pipes need to be repaired,” Watson said. “We can’t blame Gary because he’s doing the best that he can.”
The News contacted Code Enforcement Coor- dinator Pamela Leasure Maxwell about the water problems at the mobile home park.
“I visited the Alcovy Mobile Home Park and was told by the manager that the groundwater well that services the property is being repaired. Since repairs are under way, the county has not looked into whether any cone enforcement action is appropriate,” she said in an email.
County Chairman Kathy Morgan said she contacted the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority and the Environmental Health Department, but the government entities were limited in what they could do because both the land and well are private property.
“This was a landlord/ tenant issue,” Morgan said. “We want people to know that this was nothing we just dismissed offhand, but there wasn’t much we could do about it.”
Morgan said the issue has come up before, but the county doesn’t really have ordinances that are applicable and said it’s more of a state health issue. The water and sewerage authority was ready to do an emergency tap if necessary, Morgan said, but that route would likely be much more costly for the tenant, who would have to pay tap fees and monthly water rates.
Drake said he has been working as quickly as possible to find ways to get the water back on and running for everyone. He had this message to residents on behalf of his company, “We do apologize, we really do.”
Maintenance manager Gary Drake said the pump was repaired on Tuesday around 2 p.m.