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Jul 23, 2014 5:53 PM by Janine Reyes

Mobile Home Park Residents Without Water, Property's Front Lawn Not Lacking

CORPUS CHRISTI -- People living at a local mobile home park say they've had water problems for months. But, while they're going without too often, the lawn in front of the complex has plenty, even though that's a city violation.

We arrived around noon today and the sprinklers quickly turned off.

Even so, the just-watered lawn at the entry way to Misty Winds made it obvious. We found the lawn dotted with pools of water.

It's a different story inside the mobile homes at the complex.

Toni Elsberry went without all morning.

"You wake up," we asked.

"And no water," Elsberry jumped in.

"You want to brush your teeth," we said.

"No water," she replied again.

"Want to take a shower," we said.

"And nothing," she added, frustrated.

After living there almost a year, she's not surprised.

"(It's been) ongoing since I've lived here, at least once a week here lately over the summer the whole time I've been here, I've been without water at least 10-12 times," she explained.

Jim lives there, too. He agrees this problem is constant. This morning, it cost him his shower.

"So you didn't get to shower this morning, but you're out here waiting for the bus, did you see that the ground up here's been watered," we asked him.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah," he replied.

"Is that frustrating for you," we asked.

"Of course," Jim said.

He said the complex waters that section of the property regularly at that time.

Stage two water restrictions allow for watering on trash day, which was Wednesday for Misty Winds, but, watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Management would not comment on the water violation, or on lack of water for mobile home residents.

A member of the maintenance crew at Misty Winds did say that the pipes in the entry area to the park are different from the ones that lead up to the mobile homes and that is why the irrigation system had running water when the mobile homes had none. He did not address the fact that watering here during this time of day is a stage two water violation.

The violation is an added frustration to those who spend too many days going without in their mobile homes.

"It's pretty," Elsberry said, pointing to the lawn, "but who cares about this, the residents need the water."

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