Posted: Mar 4, 2013 5:54 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Mar 4, 2013 7:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Water is shut off at Brandywine Apartments, after the owner failed to pay more than $109,000 in back payments for sewage services.
Dr. Stephen Ayers was given a month to pay in full and residents were given a months notice before the shut off.
"I worked for 30 years for the state, and I was hoping to make this my home and my retirement home, for my wife and I, we can't have any children, but we wanted to make this our personal residence, and now it's not, it's a personal nightmare right now," said Francis LaFleur, who owns his unit.
The complex has only one water meter, so all tenants and owners have to pay a utility fee, but the management hadn't paid for sewer service in months.
"They basically lied, and they don't care at all, because now we've paid the rent and we don't have enough money to move," said James Nixon, who was frustrated his water service was turned off.
The sewer and water services are operated by different entities, but because there's no way to turn off sewage services, the city ordered the water company to shut off service instead.