Water is restored to Elk Ridge. LADP file photo
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
After approximately 41 hours without water, residents of the Elk Ridge Mobile Home Park were finally able to restore the water at around 3 p.m. today.
Residents said the mobile home park had been without water since 10 p.m. Saturday.
Department of Public Services (DPU) public relations director Julie Williams-Hill told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that the DPU provides water to a main meter for Elk Ridge. Yes Communities, which owns the mobile home park along with its pipes and infrastructure, then distributes the water to individuals on the property.
Williams-Hill said Yes Communities asked the county to shut off the water to fix the leaks on Saturday, but Yes Communities were having difficulty locating the parts.
“It’s been really tough for them because it’s Memorial Day weekend,” said Williams-Hill.
Residents of Elk Ridge spoke to the Post but asked not to be named for fear of reprisal. They said the restoration of the water service was all owed to residents, including plumber Gilbert Wilder who donated parts to get the water running again, Elk Ridge maintenance contractor Ed Hagerman and Elk Ridge Maintenance Officer Anna Garcia.
“She is our angel,” said the resident. “She takes care of us. She deserves all the credit in the world.
Williams-Hill added that DPU had parts it had, but these weren’t the ones the mobile home park needed.
The disruption of water services is just one of many issues Elk Ridge residents have encountered with Yes Communities, residents told The Post. The infrastructure of the mobile home park is “old and decrepit”, but all Yes Communities does is “band-aid it”.
It’s infuriating, the resident said, as business owners “don’t hesitate to fine residents for yards that violate nuisance codes or to kick a resident out because of a barking dog.” .
“They won’t do anything to fix their problems,” the resident said. “That sort of thing is a model with these guys,” they said, and stressed that it was up to residents to pay out of pocket to have their streets plowed two years ago when Los Alamos was hit by a record snowstorm.
The maintenance worker at the time was pushed to the limit of what he could do after working 40 straight hours trying to clear the roads, residents said. A resident also said that many are stuck in Elk Ridge either because they are old and cannot move, or because housing costs elsewhere make it impossible to move… “There is no room for them” .
During this weekend’s debacle, organizations in the town opened their facilities to residents of Elk Ridge, including the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, allowing residents to stop by and fill out water containers. In addition, the county opened the aquatic center until 6 p.m. today to allow residents to shower and have water.
The Post has contacted Elk Ridge’s local management team for comment and has been referred to corporate headquarters, which is closed until Tuesday.