Some Niagara Falls residents homes have been without water for a week, but there may be some hope in sight, as patience grows thin. Wayne Edwards has lived on 72nd Street for 44 years. For the past week he’s been living without water. “The water just quit. We had no running water,” said Edwards.
His was one of the first homes. Since then, many of his neighbors on the 500 block of 72nd Street have been left dry. “It’s been hard. It’s been a long week without water and flushing the toilet and stuff like that,” said Judy Richards.
It’s the same problem on the 400 block of 77th street. These residents say they were disappointed to receive a letter on Friday from the Niagara Falls Water Board stating the water authority isn’t responsible.
“It’s the person’s responsibility to take care of their water line, but in this case there is obviously a pattern of something else that’s happening that’s specific to this area,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Despite the water board’s letter, Dyster says the city’s hired a plumber to take care of the problem. “We have people who’s water service went out as recently as yesterday morning and these are people who were following instructions from the water board to leave the faucet cracked and still had a problem.”
For those who’ve been without water for a week, they’ve had to get creative. “We’ve been buying water and we’ve also been bailing out our sump pump using that water to flush our toilet with so we don’t have to waste the water that we purchased to flush the toilet,” said Richards.
For Edwards, who’s retired and disabled, it’s been a burden buying and then hauling gallon water jugs. “A gallon water weighs 8.5 pounds per gallon and the toilet takes 4 gallons of water to flush.” He’s hoping the water gets turned back on soon because he doesn’t know how much more lifting he can take.
The fire hall on 72nd Street is open for residents to get water and to take showers. Anyone who has water problems and hasn’t been in touch with city officials should give them a call.