Surfside Gardens tenants resort to hydrant after 24 hours without water

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Tenants in the Surfside Garden NYCHA complex were using water from a fire hydrant outside of their building Saturday after they say they went 24 hours without running water.

Tenants in building 10 at the Surfside Gardens apartments say they lost water service around 5 p.m. Friday. On Saturday they were using fire hydrant water to cook, bathe and use the bathroom.

They say it was especially difficult on the elderly residents of the building, some of whom had trouble coming up and down the stairs to retrieve water.

News 12 reached out to NYCHA for comment on the situation, and was told later on Saturday that crews had made repairs.

"Our staff completed repairs to house pumps at the development and is closely monitoring the situation as full water service is restored for our residents," the agency said.

It added that residents may experience low water pressure or intermittent loss as full service is restored.

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