Neighborhood living with only hot water this summerPosted: Updated:
This time of year it is not unusual for warmer water to come out of your cold water tap.
It is happening in one Valley neighborhood, but as 3 On Your Side's Carey Pea explains, the chilly economy may also be to blame for heating up the H20.
It does not matter which side of the sink you use the tap water in a Laveen neighborhood runs well into the triple digits. After a year of complaining to the city, Barret Hudson says his patience has run dry. "Well I'd like to see the director of the City of Phoenix Water Department come and live in my house for a week and deal with what I'm dealing with."
While having warmer water during the summer is not unusual, the Arizona heat apparently is not the only reason neighbors are adding ice to their bath water.
This is where that subdivision lies with relation to the southwest section of phoenix.
Greg Ramon, with the City of Phoenix, says part of the problem is the neighborhood's location. He explains, "For that reason it takes water the longest to get to get there, so if there's any temperature increases it will increase it even further.
The house is on the edge of the city limit. Ramon also says the high water temperatures are also due to a lack of water usage throughout the subdivision, which is likely the result of slow home sales.
Ramon goes on to say, "There's a lot of vacant lots and vacant homes, which means the subdivision is designed for a certain amount of flow at complete build-out and, at this point, we're not there."
About 1/4 of the homes in the Bridlewood community are occupied, but Maracay Homes denies that has anything to do with their water woes. In a statement to 3 On Your Side, the company writes "Our communities and subdivisions have never experienced this issue of unusually hot water in any other location regardless of stage of build-out."
Regardless of how it is happening, the group of neighbors say that first and foremost, they want the problem fixed.
In the meantime, they say it is a shame they had to come to 3 On Your Side to get anyone to listen. Hudson says, "There's a failure of communication going on from who we're paying for a service and what they're providing, it's totally unacceptable.
I think perhaps we all could've done a better job of communicating."
Since 3 On Your Side became involved, city officials have gone out to speak with those residents. The water services department says it is trying every avenue to try to cool their water down, but so far, residents say they have a long way to go.