Monique Blakey purchased a 4 Glenwood Drive- Rear in Ambridge through a judicial sale. Blakey's home is located behind another house on Glenwood Drive.
The two houses share the same waterline.
Blakey said "I got approved for disability and bought a house with my settlement. My water line from my house is to the connected through my neighbor. I have no record of an easement on my deed."
"He cut my water line out of his basement which leaves us with no water. We have been fighting for the last six months. They said he had the right.”
Ambridge Borough manager Joe Kauer shared "The situation at #4 Glenwood Drive - Rear, is an unfortunate civil legal matter between two property owners that is beyond the Borough's authority."
"However, this Code Enforcement matter came about that the rear structure is without a working water service to the home, not a matter of being unable to pay a water bill. All occupied residences within the Borough, in accordance with the Borough's Property Maintenance Code, must have an established and working water service to ensure for the health, safety and welfare of the Borough's citizenry.
The property owner of #4 Glenwood - Rear, needs to establish a dedicated water connection of their own to service this residence or the structure will be declared "Unfit for Habitation" and the occupants ordered removed as a health and safety precaution until water service is reestablished "
"Family and friends don't even offer us a shower, and if we ask, they charge us. The neighbors give us water that they wouldn't give their dog to drink” added Blakey.
"I don't have a plan, buying the house was my plan."
Steve Roberts, a realtor for SWC Properties, shared " When buying a house don't assume that you have separate utilities (water, gas, sewer). Sometimes older homes share lines. That is why a home inspection can be an important investment for a home buyer."
Blakely's daughter, Chardonnay Blakely, set up a go fund me account to help her mother raise money.