Nurse treating coronavirus patients claims he hasn't had water in his home for almost 2 months

A nurse working on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic claims he hasn't had water in his home for almost two months.

News 12 Staff

Apr 12, 2020, 5:22 PM

Updated 1,498 days ago

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A nurse working on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic claims he hasn't had water in his home for almost two months.
Willis Harris, a nurse at Montefiore Medical Center, says he spends about 12 hours of his work day caring for patients that have tested positive for COVID-19.
He says it's important to shower to wash the germs off of his body, but he has been unable to use it since February.
Harris says after calling 311 and the Department of Environmental Protection multiple times, he was told to bring a plumber to his home to evaluate the problem.
He says after months of frustrating phone calls, four different plumbers coming to his home, and spending $1,000 on what an expert believed could have fixed the problem, he is still without water.
Harris says he only gets droplets through his faucets, and that he has been told by both the plumbers and the Department of Environmental Protection that there is a problem with the pipes in the street.
The DEP says in a statement, "DEP crews have been out to 144 Morton Place several times. They checked to ensure that the water main that runs under the street was operating properly and it was. They also confirmed that all the other houses on the block had water service, thus isolating the problem to 144 Morton. Further they also confirmed that the water meter at 144 Morton was operating properly - it was. Crews advised the property owner to have a private plumber check the house valve, which is private property, and ensure it is working properly."
Harris says he's done that already, and was told the problem isn't with him home. He says that each day before leaving for work, he leaves a bucket in the tub to collect water droplets so that after a 12-hour day in the hospital, he can was off.
Harris says he just wants his water fixed so he can shower and stay healthy.
 


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