Gulfport residents tired of constant boil water notices

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Having problems with your tap water can be an inconvenience, but residents in several Gulfport neighborhoods have been dealing with dirty water and outages for years.

Lately, it's only been getting worse. Back to back boil water notices, murky and brown colored water are just some of the issues residents in The Lake village and Windance Subdivisions are dealing with.

Sheri Harris has had rust colored water off and on since moving into Lake Village Estates a few years ago. Harris said her whole tub is just an orange rusty mess.

She isn't the only one fed up with the constant boil water notices. Her neighbor, Alicia Blanda, has had similar issues since she moved in a couple years ago. Blanda has pictures from last year when her water looked like Alka Seltzer.

"Basically, if you're under a boil water notice, you may as well take a Benadryll every night, because it's going to be itchy," said Blanda.

Total Environmental Solutions Incorporated, better known as TESI, has been the water provider in this area for years. But many residents think it's time for a change.

Residents like Alicia say the water quality isn't the only issue. When they go weeks with boil water notices and barely use their tap water, their bills don't reflect their usage.

"Even if we don't have useable, drinkable water for two weeks they don't give us a discount or anything like that. They expect payment in full even though we're not getting very good service," said Blanda.

Lyndon Beard lives in the neighboring Windance Community. He has battled the same water issues and feels that TESI needs to look for a solution instead of putting a band-aid on the problem by always issuing boil water notices.

"I wish that they would invest a little bit more money, update their equipment so we don't have this kind of problem. That's all it would take," said Beard.

In the meantime, residents say they will continue to reach out to TESI. They are just urging them to take control of the situation.

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