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Mayor: Water to be restored at 2 apartment complexes in Indianapolis

LATEST: Late Friday afternoon, Indianapolis city government said it reached an agreement with Citizens Energy Group to restore water service to tenants by midnight Friday for Berkley Commons and Capital Place Apartments.

Mayor Joe Hogsett issued this statement at 5:15 p.m. Friday: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement to restore service to tenants. By working with the Marion County Public Health Department, partners, and the community we will ensure residents have access to basic services and stable housing moving forward. The City of Indianapolis plans to use every resource at our disposal to hold the property owner of these complexes responsible for putting tenants in these harmful and dangerous conditions.”

Citizens Energy Group said in a statement Friday night that a crew will first restore water at Berkely Commons Apartments, then go to the Capital Place Apartments to reconnect service. All service was expected to be restored by about 10 p.m. Friday, Citizens says. shows Berkley Commons has 544 units while Capital Place Apartments has 314.

The story below is from Thursday’s coverage on News 8:

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The water has been shut off at two Indianapolis apartment complexes after the property management company failed to pay the bill.

The water at Berkley Commons apartment complex, on Madison Avenue, and Capital Place Apartments, on Continental Court, was shut off Thursday.

Residents like Linda Gotkia, who lives at Berkley Commons, were taken by surprise.

“I didn’t have any belief that this was really going to happen. I had my water on and it stopped running at 11:40 a.m.,” Gotkia said.

According to a statement released Thursday by Citizens Energy Group, Aloft Management was given several opportunities to pay the bill in full or make payment arrangements, but did not take action.

Berkley Commons resident Chris Marian says he is upset because property management assured him he had nothing to worry about.

“They told us it was going to be taken care of and it is not,” Marian said. “Water is a big issue. People need water to survive.”

The Marion County Public Health Department is aware of the situation and says it has given Aloft Management 24 hours to get water service restored. The department is also looking into resources that could help the residents.

If the matter is not resolved and water is not restored in 24 hours, MCPHD says it will file the matter in court.