SAN ANTONIO - The city of San Antonio told a mobile home park owner he needs to pay his water bill or they will issue an order to vacate as early as Monday.
Plaza Mobile Home Park residents' water service has been cut off twice in the last two months and for the third time since 2012.
"We give him his money on time and he can't provide for us," one resident who didn't want to be identified said.
SAWS' spokeswoman Anne Hayden said owner Joseph Sandoval owes nearly $8,000 and the property owner has failed to comply with payment arrangements on the account.
If Sandoval doesn't pay by Monday afternoon, the city's Development Services Department is prepared to take action.
"Hopefully he does the right thing and pays the bill," Development Services Director Rod Sanchez said. "If he doesn't, then unfortunately we're going to have to issue that vacate order, work with those folks to find them a good place to live."
Sanchez said whether or not Sandoval pays the water bill, the city is preparing to file civil and criminal lawsuits against him.
The property owner continues to be in touch with his property managers, Pat Molina and Krista Cox, who also live at the mobile home park.
"How much rent are we collecting for the month of May?" Sandoval asked Molina and Cox over the phone Friday afternoon. The two told the owner residents were very upset and some of them were not wanting to pay rent.
In the meantime, a good Samaritan donated a water tank for the mobile home park and the city provided 120 cases of bottled water.
"Using that for dishes and baths again," resident Lisa Johnson said. "I think he needs to get off his butt and pay the bills."
The city's Department of Human Services is working to find suitable, temporary places for Plaza Mobile Home Park residents to live should the vacate order be issued Monday.
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