MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio - Donna Kaminiski has lived at her Maple Heights condo for 25 years, but life got a lot tougher after water service to her building was suddenly shut off.
Kaminiski found herself in a situation where even the most basic tasks became increasingly difficult.
"I'm doing bottled water. I don't do anything that I have to do dishes with, you know microwave stuff, canned things," Kaminiski said. "I have to go to a relative’s house for bathing purposes and laundry purposes."
The condo Kaminiski owns is located in a building along with three other condos owned by Mukesh PhokshI and his management company.
The Cleveland Division of Water confirmed Kaminiski was making payments on the water account, but water service was shut off because the account was still thousands short, an account listed under Phokshi's management company.
"The building here only has one water meter. Each unit is supposed to pay one quarter of the quarterly bill that comes from the water department," Kaminiski said. "No one has been paying the bill but me."
Kaminiski explained how the city of Maple Heights threatened to condemn her condo building because of the lack of water service.
Kaminiski finally had to contact the water department and pay the entire balance on the water bill owed by Phokshi, more than $3,800, in an effort to restore water service to her condo.
"My place is almost paid for and I just don't want to leave it," Kaminiski said with tears in her eyes. "I mean, I worked hard to get this."
NewsChannel5 was on the scene when a water department crew arrived at Kaminiski's condo. An employee was able to turn the water back on, even though Phokshi was not present to give access to the basement of the building.
NewsChannel5 also contacted Phokshi, who apologized to Kaminiski, and promised to get current with his water bill in the future.
Phokshi told 5 On Your Side he's been behind financially, due to unreliable tenants at his three condo units, over the past five years.
Phokshi also agreed to refund Kaminiski the more than $3,800 she had to pay to get the water service restored.
Kaminiski is now looking to see how she can have a separate water line and meter installed into her condo, and is relieved to finally have water service back at her home.
"I feel great. It's been a week of hell," Kaminiski said. "I got my life back, I think for a minute. I'm very, very happy."
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