WA­TER

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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.”

Danielle Ever­son /The Cov­ing­ton News

Main­te­nance man­ager Gary Drake said the pump was re­paired on Tues­day around 2 p.m.

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