Bakersfield trailer park without water

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Tenants living at a V.R.s' Trailer Park off South Union Avenue have been without water since Thursday.

Every tenant received a letter on June 28, warning that due to the drought, everyone living in the trailer park must conserve water and limit their usage.

The manager said in the letter that he will be forced to shut down the water well and only turn it on during certain times of the day, if the water usage is not limited. A few days later, tenants said he did just that.

"I went to turn the water on to cook with, there was absolutely no water," said tenant Roland Danielson.

Instead of having the water on during certain times of the day, the tenant said the manager turned it off completely.

"He didn't notify anybody he was turning the pumps off or anything else," said Danielson. "Didn't notify anybody that he was going to do this, he just went ahead and did it."

But the manager, Jeffery Mize, said the water well was drying up due to the drought, and he had no choice but to turn it off.

"I had to shut the well down so the electronic components would not burn up," said Mize. "The water level had dropped below my immersion pump."

One tenant, Julia Deyarmond, said she called someone to come check out the problem when the water first started getting low.

"I called Code Compliance and Robert Martinez came out," said Deyarmond. "He checked the well and there was 10 percent pressure. He said that if other tenants would call, he would cite the park. However, the next day was the Fourth of July, so they were unable to get through."

Mize said since it was a holiday weekend, he had difficulty reaching the owner, who lives in Reno, Nevada, or anyone else to come fix the problem.

"We're making arrangements to fix the situation. I've contacted a contractor that's due in (Monday)," said Mize. "We have to wait until I can have the well re-drilled, we have another option also we can bring a buffalo truck in, I've looked into that."

Tenants said the manager has done this before, and they will take matters into their own hands Monday to try to get the water back on.