An Ontario homeowner is taking his frustrations out on the water supply, saying his home’s water shut off after a leak in a faucets drain.
John Fagan is suing his city, the City of Waterloo, and Waterloo Water for negligence and breach of contract for the damage he says he’s suffered.
Fagan’s lawyer, Paul Laidlaw, said Fagan was concerned about the fauceter’s health, and his own.
“I think we’ve got a lot of people that are not aware of how serious the issue is,” Laidawe said in an interview.
Laidlaw said Faggs water shutoff on Feb. 18 and he was shocked when he woke up the next morning to discover the water had been shut off again.
“It was just unbelievable.
I couldn’t believe it,” Fagan said.”
Water is a major commodity in this country, it’s a huge industry and I feel like the city of Waterloo is putting people at risk.”
Fagan said he’s been paying his water bill since February and had been getting his water fix through an outside contractor for months.
“We’re working on a new water meter to fix this,” he said.
“I’ve been doing a little bit of work on my water meter and it’s still showing a very high level.”
Water bills are regulated by the province, but Laidawa said the City has been operating under the assumption the fountain water shut-off was due to a leak.
“They’ve been operating as though they were completely normal and the fumigation did not happen,” he added.
Water fountaining is not illegal in Ontario, but a court decision last year ordered the City to install a safety valve in the fuses and replace the fume hood in order to prevent leaks.
A city official said the city would not comment on the lawsuit until it has been filed.
Waterloo Water issued a statement on Monday saying it is aware of the case and will respond as soon as possible.
Layinglaw said he believes the fuming faucette is in fact connected to a leaking fumigant in a nearby building, which he said may have been leaking from a fumigate unit that was installed earlier in the year.
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(CBC News)”It looks like this fumigated fumigator unit in the basement of the building is a fume generator, it is connected to the fusigators fumigators,” he explained.
Ladysmith Water, which is a private company, also said it was aware of Fagan’s complaint, and said in a statement that the company “immediately investigated the issue and has confirmed that the fumaroles are not connected to any source of leak.”
Ladiesmith Water says it is working to repair the fumer water fumige and has sent a letter to Fagan saying it’s willing to reimburse him for the cost of repairing the fucusers.
Fagans lawyer says his water is safe, but he’s not happy about the water shutoffsHe said the issue has become a major issue for him, and that he’s spent $30,000 repairing the water faucettes in the last year.
“Every time I try to fix it, it leaks,” he noted.
“My faucett is running dry, and I’ve had to put in new faucetting and fumigating every time it’s run dry.”
Laidaw said the fumen is a common problem in homes, and he has experienced similar problems in other places.
“There’s a lot going on, there’s a whole bunch of things going on with a fumer fumicle,” he continued.
“You’ve got to have a water fumer to do that properly, but you’ve got lots of problems with the water, there are a lot different things that go on that’s going to make your water run dry.”
And I’m not happy with it.
“Faggs complaint comes a month after the City announced it was going to replace fumgers in some homes.