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Tenants Go Without Water For A Week As Landlord Doesn’t Pay Bill

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Tenant Carlos Rodriguez outside his Humboldt Park apartment. (Credit: Chicago)

Tenant Carlos Rodriguez outside his Humboldt Park apartment. (Credit: Steve Miller)

CHICAGO (CBS) — As the heat descends on the city, the tenants at a Humboldt Park apartment building say they haven’t had any water since last week, and their landlord admits it’s because she didn’t pay the water bill.

“Turn it on and no water comes out,” says Carlos Rodriguez.

WBBM: And here we’re looking at two sinks – a double-sided sink – and you’ve got dishes…

“Dirty dishes,” says Rodriguez.

WBBM: Because you have no water to wash them. More dishes here. You can’t wash those.

“We haven’t been able to wash clothes either.”

Four families in the building, and none had water. Their next-door neighbor is Magaly Rodriguez.

“This is ridiculous. They pay their rent and they don’t got water. Seven days. With a lot of children. Second and first floor and in the back too.”

The landlord tells Newsradio she could not pay the water bill because the tenants in another building did not pay their rent.

Tenants Had to use buckets to flush the toilet and for bathing. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Tenants Had to use buckets to flush the toilet and for bathing. (Credit: Steve Miller)

The water department tells Newsradio the bill has now been paid and the water is back on at the building in the 1600 block of North Fairfield.

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