Hamilton Acorn says it has been a week since water was cut off at a Delta area apartment building and they are leery about an offer to house residents in a local motel while repairs are being made. The apartment building at 1083 Main Street East had 60 units but now only 9 are occupied. The water was interrupted when pipes burst on December 28th. Since then, residents have had to rely on bottled water. For bathing they have had to use showers at a nearby rec centre, paying a fee.
The city has investigated a slapped a 19-day compliance order on the owners, to restore water service. An ACORN member living in the building, David Galvin said, “it is very stressful to hear the landlord has 19 day to repair when it has already been a week. Water is a vital service.”
Acorn disputes a claim by the owner that all residents were issued N19 orders last March. N-19 orders allow a landlord to evict a tenant for renovations or if the building is to be demolished. The tenants say they only learned of the situation in November, but acknowledges that some of the tenants were bought out.
The building was originally owned by Malleum who were subject to criticism over renovictions at another apartment in the King-Emerald area.