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State steps in to end Wildomar water crisis

April 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The faucets in Lindsey Amagrande's Wildomar home have run dry.

A well pump used to supply water to her home and 120 other customers in the rural Riverside County community broke down Monday.

"It's really frustrating," Amagrande said. "We can't shower, we can't flush the toilets ? we can't do the dishes, we can't do our laundry. So basically it put everything on hold for us. We have to go somewhere else."

The family of five has been relying on a bucket to carry water from a nearby tank. Amagrande says she has tried to contact everyone from the water well owners to city and county officials about the issue, but has received no response.

"We are kind of in limbo," she said. "We don't know how much longer we'll be without water."

The water agency, County Water of Riverside, is privately owned by Telesis Diversified Inc. of Fullerton. Owners said they received money from the state Wednesday enabling them to make repairs, though they did not specify when those repairs would be completed.

Residents say the problem could have been averted if the pumping station had been maintained.

"He really doesn't care. He is in it for the money," customer George Lippincott said. "He doesn't take care of it. We've got leaky pipes up and down the street over here all the time."

Work crews with county of Riverside were on site by Wednesday late afternoon.

The county also distributed fliers informing residents where to go for water.