WASHINGTON — When the wind was up, the water ran.
The water was cold, and the air thick with mosquito bites.
A few miles south of the city’s downtown, residents of an apartment complex called Water Edge said the water in the unit was cold as well.
Residents are not complaining.
In a survey of residents in the building, they said they’re not bothered by the lack of running water and have a few complaints about the way they live.
“It’s nice that the water is cold, but it doesn’t feel like it’s running,” said one of the residents.
The residents of Water Edge are not the only ones complaining.
A new city council member says the problem with water in Washington is bigger than just one block.
City Councilmember David Knezovich says he’s been hearing about the problems with water for a while now.
He says the city needs to get a grip on the problem.
“The city has to figure out what it is that’s causing this,” Knezer said.
“This is not a one-off issue.
It’s not an isolated issue.”
He says he has been hearing this same complaint for years.
In an email to ABC News, a spokesperson for Knezers office says there are a number of problems in the city, including lack of drinking water, lack of sewage treatment, poor air quality and more.
“As the city continues to improve and address the issues identified by residents, the city will continue to implement improvements that improve water quality and sanitation,” the spokesperson said.
But there’s another reason that residents are complaining: They’ve lost their properties.
That’s the conclusion of a new city study that’s examining the issue.
The report found that about 1,000 apartments were sold to Chinese investors, but that about half of those apartments were underwater.
Knezovsky says that’s bad.
“We’ve been talking about the issue of the underwater apartments for a long time.
We’re not surprised,” he said.KNEZOVICH: That’s a real issue.
We’ve been hearing it for years, but what’s new is the numbers are getting higher every year.
We had a report in 2010 that said 2,000 to 3,000 of our underwater apartments were abandoned, and they were going to be demolished and replaced with other units.
It doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
The problem has gotten so bad, the City Council is looking at shutting down the building.
The City Councilmember says he wants to make sure the water stays clean and that it’s safe for people to live there.
“I want to make this clear to the people who are paying the bills that we’re going to do everything we can to make things right,” Knaver said.
A spokesperson for the city says they are in the process of getting the building inspected.