Moscow mobile home park being sued for drinking water problems

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 8 at 11:40 AM

MOSCOW, Idaho -- An Idaho State Agency that monitors water quality is pursuing a lawsuit against the owner of a mobile home park just outside of Moscow.

The Syringa Mobile Home Park has been plagued with drinking water and sewer problems.  Residents have been told for the last month that it was not safe to drink the water, even when boiled, because of harmful lead levels.  

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a warning to the park’s owner to address the violation regarding its drinking water and wastewater systems.

The DEQ filed a civil complaint against the owner, Magar Magar. The suit cites 15 violations and the department was seeking penalties of up to $10,000 for each one.  

“I have wept an awful lot because I am tired of living like this,” said Doris Carlson, who lives in the mobile home park.

Carlson said she melts snow in a pot on her stove so she can have water for cleaning.  She also said the mobile home park has not had water for the past week, and that she could not wash her dishes, do her laundry, or bathe in her own home.

“This filth - people should not be living like this and it’s like this in every home that I’ve been to here,” said Carlson.  “I have no way to flush my commode right now. The odor in the house is pungent. It’s disgusting.”

KREM 2 News contacted the owner of the park by phone Friday. Magar said the park did have water and hung up the phone.

 

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