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Madison apartment residents forced to use outdoor bathrooms

Posted: Updated: Jan 18, 2014 09:42 PM CST

Carmenica Collins felt like she was in a different time period.

"I don't like Port-A-Potties. They're nasty. I prefer my bathroom. It's clean," said Collins.

She and other residents of the Neely Meadows apartments in Madison told News 2 they have been without running water since Friday morning after the property's main water pipe burst due to the cold weather.

As crews worked to repair the water system, Collins and others tenants on the property, which has around 150 units, were forced to use one of seven Port-A-Potties placed on the grounds.

"It's too cold to come out here to use the bathroom. I mean, what if you got to use the bathroom at like two o'clock in the morning? I mean, you have to go outside that's crazy," said Collins.

Plumber James Haygood of Green Hills Plumbing said he and two other subcontracting companies have been working non-stop since Friday to repair the problem pipe.

Haygood added the cold weather has been keeping plumbers busy lately.

"I got 90 hours in this week, working just fixing frozen and busted pipes," he said.

Residents found memos placed on their front doors from the property owner, Urban Housing Solutions, apologizing for the inconvenience and their commitment to resolve the problem quickly. 

The company also handed out bottled water.

In the meantime, Collins, who now truly appreciates the modern convenience of running water, hopes to see it soon and in the comfort of her own home.

"I mean, really fix it fast cause I mean we have so many children here we need water," said Collins.

Fortunately, crews were able to have the water up and running at the apartment complex by Saturday evening.

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