Some Wolcott residents want answers about their inconsistent water pressure

One Wolcott woman says she and two of her neighbors haven't had access to proper running water for about 10 months now.

Posted: Dec 2, 2020 12:28 AM

WOLCOTT, Ind. (WLFI)-One Wolcott woman says she and two of her neighbors haven't had access to proper running water for about 10 months now. She has lived in the community for nearly two decades and never had issues with her water pressure before. 

"We have very little water I mean it's even a struggle to wash dishes," said Robin Foley a Wolcott resident who has been having issues with her water.  "We use throw-away dishes now, I buy aluminum pans that we can cook in and throw away either that or its fast food or microwave stuff."

She says when they started having water pressure problems she immediately contacted the wastewater treatment plant and the town council, but they didn't provide her with any answers.

"First they were telling me it would be 30 days and we will get you water as soon as possible," added Foley.  "Then they just keep saying another 60 days and then another 60 days. Well, another 60 days have run out now, and still nothing."

Foley is a health care worker and is exposed to COVID regularly. Her partner has a pre-existing condition which makes him more susceptible to the virus. She is constantly worried about giving him the virus since she doesn't have access to a reliable water source. 

"I should be able to come home take a shower and do my laundry and I can't," said Foley. 

As we previously reported the town of Wolcott was recently awarded over four million dollars to upgrade its wastewater infrastructure. That topic was brought up at Tuesday night's meeting. However, no one would comment on camera or provide an explanation as to why it's taken ten months to fix a persistent problem for three different homes. All they said is that it should be fixed soon. Foley says, she isn't getting her hopes up.

"It makes me feel shoved on the back burner," said Foley. "I know it's only three houses here but we are humans too we deserve a shower like everyone else. They go home and take a shower we don't have that privilege. We want to wash our dishes and cook a meal but we don't have that privilege either." 

WLFI did reach out for comment on this issue multiple times and attended the Wolcott town council meeting. The town council didn't comment. Its town attorney advised them not to because he isn't sure if there is litigation pending.

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