St. Joe County subdivision lost water service

A Boil Water Advisory has been declared for customers of the Wedgewood Park Water Utility in northern St. Joseph County.

The warning applies to some 215 households east of S.R. 933 and south of the state line.

Residents are asked to boil water used for cooking and drinking for at least three minutes.

The boil water will remain in effect until satisfactory bacteria samples have been taken throughout the distribution system.

The entire subdivision was actually without water for about 12 hours Thursday, after the subdivision’s only operating well went down.

“This is an old system, this neighborhood was built around 1960, it’s, you know, the community well is over 50-years old, it’s in (dis) repair, my husband has been in the pump house itself, and it’s like a sinking ship,” said Wedgewood Park resident Teri Vitale.

Apparently, this is not the first time the subdivision has experienced such problems. “It’s happened in May, we had problems where we, he said a pump was down and he had to have people actually stop watering their lawns because it was taxing the system as it was,” said Wedgewood Park resident Andrew Chodzinski

Chodzinski says another common problem is the depth of some water mains. During the six years he has lived in the park, he has twice had to deal with frozen water lines. “The plumbers, when they dug it out, they found that water line was only buried about three foot and from what I’ve been told the frost line is about 48 inches and three foot is not 48 inches.”

While Teri Vitale has little confidence in Wedgewood water, she was told she could not legally drill a well of her own. “I guess I’m asking, what are my recourses, where can I go for help? What legally can I do?”

Wedgewood Park Water Utility is a small investor owned outfit. “He wants to get, he wants to improve this system, and I think he will, but it takes time,” said Wedgewood Park resident Dick Petzke. “Dennis, the owner, as far as I’m concerned, he does a real fine job, the best he can, naturally things can break, a water line can break, but he has it fixed.”

The utility is working on a solution to its aging pump problem. Wedgewood has signed an agreement that allows Wedgewood to tap into the public water supply of Niles Township but the physical connection has yet to be made.

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