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Waterline break cuts water from apartment complex

Posted: 10:25 PM, Sep 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-18 03:25:50Z

TULSA, Okla. -- One Tulsa apartment complex was without water for more than 50 hours after a waterline break Saturday morning near West 23rd Street and South Jackson Avenue.

Tenants at Western Pines Apartments say it was hard to find a water source all weekend.

Britteny Pluneda has six children and says she had to take matters into her own hands.

“I pushed them in a stroller all the way to Peoria so they could have a stroller and go to school today," she said. 

Pluneda walked three hours to her sisters house so her kids could clean up. The last time they had a bath was Friday.

“For my kids, I’ll make any walk it takes," she said.

Another mom got creative.

“I used baby wipes and that doesn’t really get the job done," Western Pines Apartments tenant Patricia Hammond said.

There also wasn't a chance to cook.

"I can’t cook," Hammond said. "I can’t do anything. I can’t wash dishes or flush the toilet.”

Tenants say the city attempted to help.

“If it wasn’t for that tanker, we probably wouldn’t have any water," Hammond said.

But that water was only good for one thing.

“Flushing toilets basically," Hammond said. "We can’t drink with it. We can’t use it for anything else. We can’t even cook with it.”

The city told 2 Works for You the water was turned back on Monday night but it's the hassle that has the community frustrated.

“I’ve called so many times and gotten so many different times and that to me upsets me," Pluneda said.

Now, the tenants are hoping it will be the last time they need a bucket to fill a five gallon jug to deal with the most basic needs of life.