"Bring your own bucket," the notice said, and residents of Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park got angry. For five days in mid-September, no water came from faucets and no toilets could be flushed due to a broken water valve. According to a 27-year resident, management had decided to "benefit" the neighborhood by installing multiple valves instead of having just one.
"In the event of a problem," he said, "the water can be turned off one section at a time, instead of shutting the whole park off." In the process of installing the new valves, however, a worker for the contractor inadvertently broke a valve while digging. The problem couldn't be fixed until new parts came in, and that took a few days.
"It's out of our hands," the community manager said in her notice. "I know that all of you need water. If you have buckets and a wrench, there is a hose hooked up on the other side of the park by the maintenance shop, but you need pliers (or a wrench) to turn it on. You may go get your buckets full."