By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
The water woes will soon be a thing of the past at Mayor Wright Housing.
So says Governor Neil Abercrombie. He visited the state owned housing complex Monday and after meeting with tenants told reporters the lack of hot water in some apartments will be addressed "immediately."
"They have confidence, and should have confidence, that we are going to deal with it immediately. We're going to take care of what needs to be done where the hot water is concerned," Abercrombie said.
Tenants walked the property with the governor pointing out problems that need to be addressed. The hot water, though, is their top priority. Some residents have been without consistent hot water for seven years. Others have hot water only on days when the sun shines bright enough to heat solar water systems, but in the morning the water is always cold.
Abercrombie's spokesperson says a temporary fix is already in the works. Donalyn Dela Cruz said bids are being solicited right now for a contractor who will have until July 5 to get reliable hot water into every apartment. And, Dela Cruz said, the governor's budget request to the legislature includes a $2.5 million dollar request to pay for a permanent fix.