Some homes without water

MANSFIELD - David Anglin has no water.

His well went completely dry. Anglin is relying on the generosity of friends to get through - hauling water they've donated back to his home on Mill Pond Road, heating it on the stove before taking a bath.

Several of Anglin's neighbors are in a similar situation.

"It's a pretty dire situation down on our end," he said.

Anglin said Mill Pond Road residents have been petitioning the town of Newborn to extend water service to their neck of the woods for years and have always been turned down.

Monday night, they tried again.

But it turns out the area is not part of the town's water and sewer service area. The maps were changed in June 2006, and the city of Mansfield is now responsible.

Mansfield Mayor William Cocchi said a 10-inch line will be installed from Loyd Road to Mill Pond Road, a distance of about 7/10 of a mile.

Cocchi said Mill Pond Road does not lie within the limits of either Newborn or Mansfield but is part of the unincorporated county.

The area was within Newborn's service area until maps were changed a year ago, he said.

Cocchi said he expects the line will be completed within three weeks, adding that so far, 15 residents have requested to tap into the line.

The water line will cost $102,451, with the city of Mansfield paying 75 percent, or $77,838.25, and Newton County paying 25 percent, or $25,612.75.

"For many years the county has had a policy in place to try to assist with water lines where people have problems with their wells - either shortness of water or poor quality water - so people have drinking water and also to provide fire hydrants and fire protection," said District 1 Commissioner Mort Ewing. "The Board of Commissioners has had that policy in place for many years. We look at every situation on a case-by-case basis, and if we're assisting, it doesn't matter if it's a municipality or the Water ad Sewerage Authority, we participate at 25 percent of the cost."

Despite the fact that the territory is not in Newborn's service area, the town proposed extending a line with the county paying 50 percent, Ewing said.

"I appreciate Newborn trying to work with those people, but the bottom line is we have to look at whose territory it was and how much" it would cost, he said.

As for Anglin, he's just happy the problem is getting handled, regardless of who's handling it.

"I don't care, as long as I get water," he said.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.