Update: water returns for people at Bountiful apartment complex
BOUNTIFUL — People living at the Village on Main Street apartment complex in Bountiful should have their water back. Residents received a text message from the management on Sunday saying:
“You will start to see the water gradually turn back on and gain pressure. Allow the pressure to settle in the pipes. We will make adjustments tomorrow (Monday) when needed. Make sure they are in the off position to avoid any flooding in your sinks. maintenance is on standby to help with any issues. Thank you all again for your continued patience and understanding. Please enjoy your Sunday. Our sincerest apologies. If you would like, the Hampton Inn over on 2600 S in Bountiful has available rooms. We will apply a rent credit for the amount of the room.”
Several hundred residents had been without water since Wednesday afternoon. Needless to say, it’s frustrating.
Virginia Barroteran has lived here with her family since last summer. Standing in front of her kitchen sink on Friday afternoon, she turned on the faucet again…and again, no water.
“I can’t clean my house, like the dishes, the bathroom, oh my gosh, nasty,” she said.
It’s the same story at Bert Page’s apartment one floor up.
“There’s no water anywhere,” he said Friday.
Page and his wife moved in early last year. They have bought bottled water and several gallon-sized jugs to get by.
“So our daughter this morning invited us over there if we wanted to spend the day until this was fixed,” said Page.
Signs posted by management explain that there was a break in a main water line feeding the building. Subsequent repair efforts haven’t worked but replacement parts have been ordered. Managers have brought in bottled water and placed several portable toilets outside the building.
Businesses on the ground level have been affected as well. Steven Shukhman has run a daycare center here since 2013 and tends about 70 kids per day in the building.
“I ended up coming up here and bringing water for the toilets, extra water for the kids.” About 40 gallons a day of fresh water, he said.
Barroteran and her husband went to a motel last night, and she says others have done the same or stayed with relatives.
“I saw some neighbors last night and they said, ‘Yeah, I had to go to my sister’s house to take a shower because we can’t do it.’”
The management office has set up a texting list so residents can receive the latest updates.
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