NYCHA tenants resort to fire hydrant after loss of running water

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A lack of running water forced some residents at the NYCHA Patterson Houses in Mott Haven to use a fire hydrant to collect water.

Eight out of the Patterson Houses' 15 buildings were without water Sunday evening. Fed-up tenants held a news conference Monday with Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to call attention to their living conditions.

They say they've been without running or hot water on and off because of issues with the building pumps. Residents, including children and seniors, say they were forced to fill up buckets of water from an open fire hydrant, making multiple trips to take baths or cook meals.

"We had to come out here at 9:30 at night to get water to take it upstairs to wash dishes and to flush the toilet," one tenant tells News 12.

Residents say they've put in maintenance tickets with NYCHA, but the issues persist.

NYCHA says it set up temporary pumps as it continues repairing the house pumps. Residents had running water as of Monday evening, but some wondered how long it would last.

In a statement, NYCHA said, "This is yet another example of the problems we face given our aging infrastructure, but we must do better providing basic services despite these challenges."

The borough president's office says the situation is a priority and it will work to make sure it never happens again.

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