Tenants of Detroit apartment building suffer through four days without water

(WXYZ) - Residents of a Detroit apartment building have gone four days without running water and they're upset and frustrated.

“I don’t really know what’s going on," said Celsie Davis, one of 10 tenants in the three-story building on the city's west side.

The residents' water stop flowing last Friday morning. It's created a major inconvenience for Teaneca Thompson, the mother of a one-year old boy,  lives in a one-bedroom apartment with one-year old Joshua.

I’ve been trying my best to make it through," she told 7 Action News.

Thompson has kept water jugs filled thanks to the generosity of neighbor who has allowed her to use their outdoor faucet.

Several residents we talked with said they have called the building owner looking for answers. 

"I’m 7 months pregnant, with a 5 year old and I don’t have any water," said Davis.  "Actually, I haven’t even had my 5 year old son be here because of the water issue.”

Officials with the city of Detroit said records show water service to the building was cut off on May 7, 2013.

Paul Salerno, who holds an ownership interest in the building, acknowledges a past due bill for water. He insists that's not the reason for the service interruption and that he's taken 100% responsibility. Salerno promised that he would pro-rate rent considerably for tenants inconvenienced by the shut down. Gallon jugs of water have been provided twice daily for residents since Saturday.

A property manager, who didn't identify herself, told 7 Action News she expected the water to be back on in 24-to-48 hours. If not, she said the building would have to be closed and the residents relocated.

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