Arlington apartment residents threatened with water cutoff




Posted on September 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 20 at 1:11 AM

ARLINGTON — The water is flowing at the Brandon Oaks Apartments in Arlington, but families fear their taps will soon run dry.

"How is anybody supposed to live without water?" asked tenant Billie Blize. "That's no toilet, no shower, no cooking dinner. I mean, what are you supposed to do?"

The resident concerns stem from a notice the City of Arlington posted on neighbors' doors. Their service water is scheduled to be cut off because the owner of the property hasn't paid the bill.

He owes nearly $18,500 to the water department.

Nine months ago, residents said they started paying their water bill, separate from the rent.

Billie Blize wants answers. "That's a total of $360 out of my pocket," she said. "Where is it going?"

Brandon Oaks isn't the only apartment complex facing the same problem; notices also went out to the Spanish Oaks and Arlington Park complexes.

"What are we going to do if they do have to turn off the water?" asked Colette Sanders, who lives at Spanish Oaks. "That's affecting the kids that have to go to school."

According to the city, Brett Heron owns all three apartment projects and owes $77,000 in water fees.

Heron, who lives in California, told News 8 he has sent a partial payment to the city, and hopes to keep the water on. He blames the delay on tenants who are not paying their rent.

But Colette Sanders said that shouldn't affect residents who do pay their bills on time.

"I'm hoping that he does get it taken care of for the people that cannot afford to pack up and move," she said.