Water service returned to Rancho Cordova mobile home park

Published: Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 - 6:01 pm

A water main break at a Rancho Cordova mobile home park Sunday morning forced residents to go without water for more than 24 hours.

“It was an inconvenience for a lot of people,’ said George Townsend, 68, a long time resident of Centennial Estates, 9885 Mills Station Road.

A woman who answered the phone at the mobile home park’s office Monday said she was too busy to talk

Townsend said he was notified at 8 a.m. Sunday that there was a water main break and that the water would be turned off for repairs.

“It wasn’t near our unit – it was around the corner,” said Townsend. “They gave us time to collect water for use.”

Townsend said he pulled out several pitchers and 5-gallon buckets and filled those with water to use to flush the toilet. “They did bring us around some cases of bottled water for drinking,” he said Monday. “They provided that for everybody.”

Townsend said the water was turned off around 11 a.m. Sunday and it didn’t come back on until noon Monday. It was not known Monday how many people were affected by the water outage.

According to MobileHomeStore.com, Centennial Estates has 183 lots. It is not known how many of those were filled.

California American Water provides water to Centennial Estates, but since the water main break occurred within the park, the utility was not responsible for the repairs, a spokesman said.

“Our responsibility ends at the property line,” said Evan Jacobs, external affairs manager for California American Water. “Mobile home parks do their own plumbing and have their own distribution system. They’re not our pipes, and we can’t work on private property.”

Jacobs said the utility never shut off water to the area in the past two days, but there is a valve at the mobile home park which can be turned off locally.

The water outage was the longest that Townsend had experienced at the mobile home park, where he and his wife have lived for 30 years.

“They took care of it as quickly as they could,” he said. “We’re back in good shape and have water to fix dinner.”

Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.

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