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Water supplier to turn off tap to dozens of homes

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KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

A group of residents are learning their water supplier is planning to turn off the tap for good, leaving them with very few options as to where their water will come from now.

Twenty-five people live in a dozen homes on a stretch of Davis Road in Kochville Township and they'd all like to keep it just the way it is.

David Sanchez built his home 30 years ago and he remembers signing a two-year contract with the city of Saginaw in 1988, an agreement that stated "under no circumstances is this service to exceed 24 months from the date of this contract."

Three hundred and 24 months later, there are others living here who never signed anything and never even knew about the contract, which also stated "the service is to be provided until such time as another water supplier can provide water service to the residents."

“The city certainly has no interest in cutting off anybody's water.  And they'll do anything they can within reason to try and assist these folks in getting some water,” Lawrence Smith, attorney for the city of Saginaw said.

Beverly Yanca said she doesn't quite buy that.

"A few years ago, the city of Saginaw put all new water meters through our homes,” she said.

Yanca spoke for all the residents at Monday night's council meeting.

Aside from losing water completely a year from now, she's concerned about a planned week-long stretch next march when the water will be shut off during road construction.

"I've got one elderly couple who are blind and can't hear. They couldn't be here tonight,” she said.

Yanca is worried about pipes freezing and no heat. Most of all, she’s worried about having to pay Kochville Township to run new water lines.

Township Supervisor Jim Loiacano said a lot of people have paid a lot of money for water connections in Kochville over the years.

“Sooner or later, you have to pay for it. There’s nothing that’s ever free out there,” he said. 

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