Apartment renters mad after day without water

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Water faucets suddenly turned dry for tenants of a west Birmingham apartment complex Tuesday.  

The apartments are in the 1200 block of Tuscaloosa Avenue.   Their water was cut off despite the fact that tenants pay for water service with their monthly rent.  

Tameshia Pledger learned of the problem around 9:00 a.m.  

"I'm mad about it.  I'm mad.  Luckily my kids are at school," she said.  

Felicia Howard said she had water when she first woke up and fixed food as well as washed clothes.  But a few minutes later, a neighbor knocked on her door too.  

"I was like in my head, I don't believe this.  I really don't."  

All16 tenants were in the same situation.  But they weren't totally surprised.  That's because on July 21st, they all got a notice from the Birmingham Water Works Board saying the complex's account was extremely delinquent and that if the bills weren't paid in full in 30 days, the water would be cut off.  

"It don't make no sense, they get a lot of money," Pledger insisted.  "This is not the only complex they have."

Complex owner Jeff Russell told FOX6 News he was aware that the water was turned off, but that it was not due to non payment.    He also stated that tenants would have their water turned on by the close of business Tuesday.  

The water was turned back on at 5:00 p.m.

The Jefferson County Health Department sent investigators to check out the problem.  They will return to the complex Wednesday just to make sure the problem is totally resolved.

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