A woman was captured on video resorting to washing up at a fire hydrant after residents at the Congress Park Apartments say their units had no running water.
WASHINGTON — Some people living in a Southeast D.C. apartment complex lived without water in their homes for five days.
Concerned residents reached out to WUSA9 for help after claiming the landlord did not do enough to help.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Edgewood Management explained repairs have been made and the water is back on.
However, residents said their problems are far from over.
A woman was captured on video resorting to washing up at a fire hydrant after residents at the Congress Park Apartments on Congress Street Southeast said their units had no running water.
Natasha Wiggins took her concerns to Facebook last week asking the community and city government for help after claiming the apartment complex was not doing enough when the problem started on Thursday.
“It really hurt me because I’m like you went home at 5 o’clock knowing that no one on this block had water and you were completely OK going home knowing that – not being notified — not notifying the residents or anything,” Wiggins said.
Wiggins told WUSA9 apartment managers placed most residents in a hotel over the weekend while repairs were being made.
“We couldn’t cook. We couldn’t feed our kids,” she said. “All they did was give us water.”
WUSA9 reached out to Edgewood Management, and a spokesperson sent a statement detailing what happened.
The statement said management responded quickly to the water outage with D.C. Water and independent contractors, provided residents with water bottles, and has been in constant communication with affected families.
The spokesperson added, “It is our hope that today’s testing determines that we can return all residents who have been temporarily housed back into their units.”
While Wiggins confirmed the water is back on, she said it is tainted.
“I noticed things running out the water – little black stuff,” she described.