MOSCOW, Idaho -- The owner of a mobile home park outside of Moscow owes the state thousands of dollars in fines over bad drinking water.
Court documents said mobile home owner Magar Magar also has a pending lawsuit in federal court. Magar has faced warnings and violations regarding its drinking water and waste water systems.
Syringa Mobile Home Park is home to dozens of people. For the last month, they have not been able to drink water straight out of the tap. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality said the water is not safe to drink, even when boiled.
This is not the park’s first dealing with the DEQ. One year ago, the department issued fines totaling nearly $1,800 against the owner for 19 violations of drinking and wastewater regulations. It started investigating the park’s water systems after they received a number of complaints and not getting reports required by Idaho law.
The heftiest fine came in at $10,000 following complaint of sewage sitting on the ground for days close to the drinking water service. Another big charge was for the owner not conducting routine tests to ensure wastewater from the park’s lagoon did not seep into the ground water of nearby surface water.
The Idaho Conservation League has raised a similar concern about that. In 2012, it sued Magar alleging the community’s sewer discharged into the south fork of the Palouse River.
According to court documents, the owner denies the claim and that federal civil lawsuit remains ongoing.
Magar refused to speak to KREM 2 News saying, “I don’t talk to reporters.”