Posts Tagged ‘drinking water’

“From Moscow, with Love?” Lawsuit advances against Manufactured Home Community Owner

August 22nd, 2014 Comments off

klewtv-moscow-pullman-idaho-smyrna-mhpark-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-Residents of Syringa Mobile Home Park near Moscow-Pullman, Idaho have been in a struggle that bubbled up over their need for drinkable water and other issues. This began last winter, and resident Doris Carlson told KREM News that “I have wept an awful lot because I am tired of living like this.”

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) had issued a warning to the park’s owner, Magar E. Magar, to address alleged violations regarding its drinking water and wastewater systems. Community residents were told in January not to drink the water there, even if it was boiled. So Carlson melted snow on her stove top to have drinkable water. A local church provided residents in the community with bottled water.

Carlson said then, “I have no way to flush my commode right now. The odor in the house is pungent. It’s disgusting.” When contacted by a local media outlet, Magar said the residents had water and reportedly hung up, perhaps due to concerns over the pending legal issues.

While DEQ lifted the ban on the water, they notified Magar that the system was still out of compliance with the state’s standards. Lawyers from the University of Idaho’s Legal Aid Clinic stepped in to file a civil action on behalf of the residents.

In July, the owner of the community was told not to contact the residents, On August 18, Latah County Second District Judge John Stegner denied a defense motion seeking additional time to prepare for a hearing scheduled Aug. 27. DNEWs tells MHProNews that Attorney Greg Rauch took on the case for Magar several weeks ago. Magar had been representing himself prior to Rauch’s appearance in the class action case. ##

(Editor’s Note: While we as a publisher are never providing legal advice nor asserting the applicability of the information linked below, MHProNews has published two articles on the topic of failure to maintain by attorneys. One is linked here, authored by attorney Bill Hart, JD, from the Hart-King law firm. Another was by penned by David E Eastman, JD, linked here.)

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Community Water Problems Flowing

April 2nd, 2013 Comments off

DelMarVa report from north of Millsboro Del. owner Helen Cropper has been unable to repair the drinking water problem at Forest Park MHC, and will now have to raise rents to pay for the fix. In he past ten years the water has had an unacceptable level of nitrates 95 out of 114 times it has been tested. An excess of nitrates can get into the bloodstream and reduce the amount of oxygen to vital organs and the brain. A complaint has been filed with the state attorney general’s office, as the two fines and numerous warnings have not had the desired effect. Mrs Cropper says she has had recent health problems, and it is very expensive to install a new well-pumping station. Two $1,000 fines have been levied—one has been paid, the one filed in late 2011 has not been paid. Mrs. Cropper said her husband, who died in 2003, took care of the community and she’s still trying to learn about it. The sites, located in southern Del., rent for $320/mth.

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Dirty Water

October 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Widespread environmental management problems at 73 manufactured home communities led to the imposition of a $1,339,000 penalty for violating state and federal clean water and waste treatment statutes. All the communities are connected to Frank Perano of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, who has signed a consent decree to pay, pending court approval and a 30-day public comment period. The result of a multi-year investigation found 5,200 violations of state and EPA drinking water and sewage standards in 45 communities in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The various corporations of Perano have been cooperative, according to investigators, and have agreed to the required upgrades. As MSNBC tells MHProNews, a third-party environmental consultant will periodically perform quality control audits at the communities to assure compliance.

(Photo credit: Localism–Melody Lakes Country Cub Estates, one of the communities affected))

Ohio Preparing for Influx of Workers

July 11th, 2012 1 comment

As energy workers are lured to eastern Ohio to take advantage of the jobs becoming available in the oil and gas fields of the Utica Shale formation, RVBusiness says the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Health have issued a 12-page set of regulations governing water. The guidelines refer to waste water from showers, toilets, sinks and laundry facilities as they apply to temporary housing, including RVs, modular man camps, and manufactured housing. has learned these are not new regulations, merely developed “as a tool for drilling companies, entrepreneurs, or other interested parties looking at providing temporary housing facilities for oil-gas field workers.”

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