Bixby residents say they go days with no water
BIXBY, Okla. - A group of residents say they're fighting back after going without water for days at a time.
His days pretty much follow the same pattern.
“I drove around this morning, and I can tell you all kinds of things that are wrong.”
Dominic Birou drives around his neighborhood before and after work to anticipate what issues he'll hear about later.
“We’ve been dealing with this for three years," Dominic, Shadow Valley's Homeowners' Association President said.
And in bold blue letters he's letting management know he's fed up.
“I’ve chosen not to pay the water bill this month.”
He and countless other residents said the same thing.
“We just went 34 and a half hours without water," said Shadow Valley's Homeowners' Association Vice President Darrin Wells.
"We’ve been having to buy water to cook with or to use in the bathrooms," said an anonymous resident who fears eviction for speaking out.
Birou said four days this month alone there's been no water with no explanation.
Residents say its going under their homes, or in bathroom leaks, or in the street, and especially down dripping pipes.
"I hear from them all the time, can you come over here and take a look at this?" Wells said of the other residents.
The manager told 2 Works for You she and the owners don't have a comment.
But they're aware of issues, have fixed issues and sometimes issues aren't fixed as quickly as people would like.
“It’s been a problem for quite some time," said the resident who wants to remain unnamed.
But when it rains, it pours.
“Everybody pays $65 per house, whether you have one person living in it, you have two people living in it or you have seven people living in it," Wells said.
Despite days without water, the bill doesn't change.
“Either you pay the water or maybe do without groceries or prescriptions.”
City Councilor Richie Stewart, someone resident have spoken to about this issue, calls it "upsetting and frustrating."
He said zoning limits what the city can do to help.
But these residents aren't begging for help anymore, now looking into what legal options they have moving forward.
The city of Bixby said it wasn't aware of the issues, but on that property the owners are responsible for distributing and charging the residents for water.
The city also said it's only shut the water off once per the owners request, but can't speak for reasons why the owners may have shut the water off at other times.
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