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Mobile home residents upset as ‘boil water advisory’ heads into week three

Posted at 8:12 PM, Dec 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-05 22:41:15-05

ALLEGAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- People at the Village East Mobile Home Park are upset as a boil water advisory heads into week three.

(This happens to be the same park where an infant was found unresponsive in his crib on Wednesday, and his father has been charged in connection with his death.)

On November 17th, residents received a notice from park management which states 'coliform bacteria' was found in the water. It's an indicator that potentially harmful bacteria may be present in the well water system.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requires parks to perform one water test per month to make sure the well water is safe.

Resident Lana DeCourcy said, "I understand the problem. Things happen." She added she can see an advisory lasting for "a couple days but weeks?"

It's the length of time it's taking to fix the problem that has residents upset. It's been two and a half weeks.

DeCourcy said, "We are guaranteed in our lease that we have safe drinking water, and we don't. But we're required to pay our rent and our water bill.

"I still get a water bill, and I don't feel that it's fair. There's hundreds of people in here affected that can't afford drinking water," the 3-year resident added.

Kevin Kammeraad with KJK Real Estate Management said the well water is safe to use for other purposes like bathing and laundry. He said it's a lengthy process to get cleaned up. Some things are being done out of an abundance of caution, and he's working with the DEQ.

The DEQ told FOX 17 a couple more well tests need to be done next week before the advisory is lifted.

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