Crews rushing to restore water to Tucson House residents

Crews rushing to restore water to Tucson House residents

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Crews are still working to restore water for residents of a low-income affordable housing building near downtown.

Tucson House, located near Oracle Road and Speedway Boulevard, has had no water since early morning Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The water was scheduled to be shut off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for maintenance.

But residents were stuck without showers, running water or being able to flush a toilet for the night when crews realized they couldn't fix the problem that quickly.

The water was restored briefly Wednesday morning around 6 a.m., but the water pressure wasn't enough to make it to the 11th floor.

As of noon Wednesday, water has been restored to the east side of the building, but residents on the west side are out of luck.

Many residents are elderly or disabled, and have had to find places to use the bathroom.

One man said he rode his bike to a McDonald's so he could use a bathroom.

Some units on the east side of the building are empty, so people can also use those restrooms.

In the meantime, staff has been handing out gallon of water.

Staff say the water should be fully restored by the end of the day.

The problem stemmed from a valve issue in the old building. It was built in 1963.

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