Apartment Owner Settles $75,000 Water Bill

Residential service to go on uninterrupted

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    Water is on for Arlington residents of Brandon Oaks, Arlington Park and Spanish Oaks apartment complexes after the apartment owner settled a $74,706.91 water bill it owed the city. (Published Monday, Sep 24, 2012)

    The residents of three Arlington apartment complexes facing a future without water have been given a reprieve.

    The California-based owner of Arlington Park, Brandon Oaks and Spanish Oaks apartments, was two months behind on paying the complexes water bill, according to the city, and owed nearly $75,000.

    The residents said they'd done their part by paying their rent and that it was up to the owner of the complexes to pay the city.

    The owner said he would pay the delinquent bill on Friday, but that day came and went with no payment being made.

    On Monday morning residents were opening taps and filling anything that could hold water just in case the city made good on their promise to cut off service.

    “I’m going to see if I can put pots, catch some water, fill up the sink and probably the tub. Cause I cannot be without water," said resident Angel Guzman. "Come on, pay up the bill! That’s what we pay rent for."

    Mid-morning, they got word that the payment had been made and that the city wouldn't be cutting off service.
     
    The La Joya apartments, which is not owned by the same owner as these three, was also given a shut-off notice for Monday for an overdue bill of $23,797.47.  The city gave the owner of that complex until 11 a.m. Tuesday to pay the outstanding bill.

    NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.