Water Woes


An elderly couple in west Alabama wants some answers to their recent water woes.

'Bone dry!' is how George Waldrop says his water pipes have been for the last three weeks. It was three weeks ago that his personal well at his house stopped working.

The 76-year-old, who is legally blind, and his 82-year-old wife, who is bedridden, both live at the house.

To save money Waldrop says he paid for water service from the city of Pennington. That was June 29th. Now, almost three weeks later, there's still no water.

'It's getting sickening. How long do you have to wait to get water? You serve 9 years in the Korean War and you come home to this garbage!' said George Waldrop.

'Three weeks is outrageous!' said Waldrop's daughter Alice Parfait. 'Yes, yes it shouldn't have been this long especially for old people like that.'

A pot on the couple's stove is one of many throughout their house that's filled with water. There's also a cooler in the kitchen that their daughter brought so her parents can have clean drinking water.

Although this is a hindrance, Alice says more than anything this is a health hazard. That's why she wants something done about the problem now.

'I'm hauling water. I'm 63-years-old. I can't be doing this forever,' she said.

'I'm just sorry we haven't been able to get it any sooner,' says Pennington Utilities Clerk, Debbie James. 'We just had other problems. We had sewer problems here and we had to order those pumps and we just got those in yesterday.'

As of Wednesday morning, James says her office was still waiting for approval from county supervisors to do trench work underneath the road in front of the Waldrop's house. She says about 50 of the utility's customers who live in that area could be affected by the work which could take an entire day to finish.

If all goes as planned, officials with Pennington Utilities say the Waldrops are on the list for work to be done at the end of this week.

'As of Friday she is on our schedule to do some trenching, but if it rains that will put her off again. I can't help mother nature,' said James.

Update: Alice Parfait said Friday, July 20, that her parents had received a water meter and water service.


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