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Boil water advisory for mobile home residents in Prince George

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PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - Boil your water before drinking it - that's the message from the state health department to people living at the Bexley Mobile Home Park.

Residents say in recent days water has not flowed freely or consistently out of their faucets, and when it does -- the water doesn't appear to be clean. 

Chris Hickman says when he turns on his faucet sometimes water comes out and sometimes it doesn't. 

"We didn't have any water last night," he said. 

The problem has persisted for days. Hickman is frustrated. 

"I came home from work and I didn't have water to take a shower with," said Hickman. 

The water that's now flowing - looks murky. Melvin Warren says he's tried to hammer out the problem with the property manager. 

"I'd like to see some changes or else relocate me somewhere else," Warren said. 

Residents at Bexley Mobile Home Park say they haven't been able to get answers from management about what's going on with the water, so we got them answers. 

"Usage by the residents has been high -- unfortunately it burned up one of the pumps so water wasn't able to keep up with the usage here," said Matt Foster, Property Manager of Bexley Mobile Home Park. 

Foster admits some residents have been without water consistently for a few days. 

"We had to shut off the water supply to the park just to let the tanks fill back up," said Foster. 

He says the broken pump has been replaced. As for the unclean looking water that's now flowing through some faucets. 

"When the water use gets too high the wells do run low and that draws up the bottom of the well," Foster stated.

The state health department says the boil notice will not be lifted until two sets of water samples come back clean from a certified lab. Again residents are being asked to boil their water before using it or to use bottled water.

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