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Idaho mobile home park owner faces fine for unusable water

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MOSCOW, Idaho -

A mobile home park owner is facing a fine of three hundred dollars per day until the park's water and sewer services are fixed.

The ruling came down on Friday by the 2nd District Court who has ordered the owner of the Syringa mobile park in Moscow to pay the fine until the facility is under compliance with water and wastewater rules.

Neighbors in the area say these fines are an answer to a problem they've been dealing with, some say, more than ten years.

"It varies from year to year," says Jason Ware, who's lived at the Syringa mobile park for 14 years. "But you can lose water out here any time for any reason. It could be pumps, it could be booster pumps, it could be leaks, it could be anything. This is an ongoing for as long as I've been here, the full 14 years. And sometimes it's worse than others."

Ware says one of the more obvious times was during last winter, where there was a stretch of 90 days where he had no usable water. One neighbor told KHQ, just to go to the bathroom, he had to drive down to a nearby gas station. Ware says he had to pick up water from the city.

"I was getting my supply from the city who had a set up behind the water department. We generally don't drink the water out here anyway," says Ware.

Because of problems like this one the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is suing the owner of the mobile park. In December of 2013 and February of this year, the DEQ warned residents not to drink the water, and issued warnings to the owner of the problems that need fixing, problems like lack of adequate disinfection and bacterial monitoring.

The park manager would not comment on the story and neither would attorneys representing the park. However, in an article with the Associated Press, the manager said the park has had problems finding people to work on the water systems because of past dealings with the owner, who has been assessed penalties in Oregon over alleged waste water violations at mobile parks there as well.

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