Many South Park residents without water

SAN DIEGO - People living in South Park are outraged that they had to put up with no water during a record-setting heat wave.

Neighbors contacted 10News after they woke up Tuesday morning and realized they had no water. People living on Juniper Street, Fir Street and Pentuckett Avenue were all affected by the outage. Only a couple residents said they received notice from the city.

"People are up in arms because we had no idea," said resident Barbara Tarantino. 

The high in South Park on Tuesday afternoon was 92 degrees.

"People are not happy … a lot of inconvenience, no water. You've got to go and buy water, sure. We could've planned. Let us know," she said.

Tarantino said the city finally brought in an emergency water truck Tuesday evening.

"They did finally, about an hour ago, deliver a water truck up there," she said. "Sorry, it's already been purchased. How much are you going to give me off my water bill?"

Mark Vitti said city crews have been digging up the neighborhood for several months. 

"We pretty much have an elderly community, with other people who are hard-working people, who at the end of the day, want to come home and cook and take a shower and we can't," he said.

A spokesman with the San Diego water department issued the following statement to 10News:

"During a scheduled water service shutdown in South Park today by the City of San Diego Public Works Department to make infrastructure improvements, a water valve broke putting more customers out of water service than was planned.

In addition, there have been a number of complications in reconnecting the water main and making repairs.

The City contracted construction crew working on the project anticipates that water will be restored to all affected customers by 11 p.m.

The City apologizes to affected customers and appreciates their patience."

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