Residents: City Water Promise Unfulfilled
Water Company Says Project Under Way
Last Updated: 1226 days ago
Hundreds of residents who use a worn out well system in a neighborhood on Indianapolis' north side said promises to get them connected to city water have gone unfulfilled.For more than 5 years, residents near 64th and Coburn Streets have been forced to boil what comes out of their taps and have been battling to get on the city's system, 6News' Ericka Flye reported."I just cleaned this yesterday, and you can actually see where it's starting to get gook around that black rubber," said Wadiah Salim, referring to her kitchen faucet.Residents were told that federal stimulus money would be used to provide them an affordable way to move forward with a costly project to connect to Indianapolis Water.District 8 Councilman Monroe Gray said all qualifications were met, the details were worked out and the project was approved.The work was supposed to be done by this month, but it never even got started."We started inquiring about the project, and then they told us the stimulus money no longer was available," Gray said.Matthew Klein, executive director of Indianapolis Water, said the project is back on track."There was a little bit of internal confusion on that, but we're moving forward to get that done as soon as possible," Klein said, adding that he isn't sure when work will be complete.Klein said residents will soon get city water and will get the financial help needed to complete the connection from the state."We've just been told that the money is available from the state revolving loan fund program," Klein said.Meetings will be scheduled for residents who will be affected by the water project.