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Castaic trailer residents waterless

Mobile home park manager says surge blew 6-inch main

Posted: May 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.

At least 115 residents of a Castaic mobile home park have been without water since Sunday night.

That's when an apparent surge in water pressure delivered to the Lake Hill Estates mobile home park off Parker Road "blew a 6-inch water main," park manager Larry Ewing said Monday evening.

Efforts to restore water to the residents, including land excavation with a backhoe late Sunday night, have been under way since the water outage, Ewing said.

Some inconvenienced residents, meanwhile, are upset with the slow progress.

"We were told if it doesn't get turned on in the next couple of hours, we'll be without water again for Tuesday," said park resident Melissa Bryant shortly before 6 p.m. Monday.

"We have one guy working on it in the hole, but they want to see six guys," Ewing said, referring to concerned residents. "They're in panic mode."

Water is delivered to the park by the Newhall County Water District. Once it reaches the underground pipes owned by the property owner, water delivery rests on the backs of the property owner, identified as Jackson Square Management.

Owners of the park could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

Bryant and Ewing said residents could dip water out of the swimming pool and use it to flush their toilets.

"We've had a couple of people do that," Ewing said.

But Bryant was upset by the directive.

"Some people here are disabled," she said. "They can't go down and take water to put down their toilets."

The water will be out through at least Tuesday, said Sandy Ewing, a park manager and Larry Ewing's wife, late Monday. However, management would be providing bottled water and portable toilets and showers.






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