Moscow trailer park residents sue owner over bad water



Posted on February 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 8:40 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- About 150 residents at a northern Idaho trailer park in Moscow have filed a class-action lawsuit against the owner after going for months without potable water.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday against Magar E. Magar in 2nd District Court comes about two months after the water was deemed undrinkable even if boiled.

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The residents are being represented by attorneys at the Idaho Legal Aid Clinic in Moscow.
Magar has 20 days to respond.

In the lawsuit, the residents want the owner to repair the water and sewage system, maintain the water system with the appropriate level of chlorine and allowable bacteria and immediately provide regular water supplies, including temporary shower, toilet and laundry facilities.

The residents are also demanding reduced rent until the water and sewage systems gets in compliance with Idaho law.

They also want Magar to pay for all moving expenses.

Attorneys said the county has started to condemn some trailers.

Residents have not been able to drink their water out of the tap for the last three months.

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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality sued Magar on Feb. 6 contending Magar violated wastewater and drinking water requirements.
The agency says Magar isn't providing adequate water pressure and isn't complying with testing and reporting requirements involving the presence of coliform bacteria, chlorine and lead in the water.
That lawsuit is still pending.