Derry Twp. Mobile Home Residents Fear Water Shut-Off
DERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Hundreds of residents at a Westmoreland County mobile home park are being threatened with a water shut-off.
The residents of the Dogwood Acres mobile home park in Derry Township are concerned because they are up to date on their bills.
Several years ago the Derry Municipal Water Authority put individual meters on the 140 homes so the residents would only pay for the water they use.
“I pay my bills. My taxes are paid, my water bill is paid, my sewage bill is paid. We shouldn’t be the victims in this situation,” Marcia Honse said.
On Friday, residents learned that the Water Authority had approved a measure to shut off all of their water.
The problem is that there is a leak in the line from the road to the homes. The problem is the responsibility of the park’s owner and residents don’t understand why this is their legal problem.
“Why should I have to hire an attorney? I pay my water bill. If he doesn’t pay his, that’s not my problem,” Ed Kutzer said.
The Water Authority said the park owner owes them $50,000. There’s also a concern that the park will be sold at a sheriff’s sale.
If that happens, residents fear the new owner will try to evict residents with older mobile homes.
“I’m 69, he’s 84 we don’t have any place to go or anything to do,” Janice Baker said.
Residents will be calling the state attorney general’s office on Monday to be advised of their rights.