When the power goes out in the Bradley Heights neighborhood, lots of people deal with darkness. But that's not all. Their water system also cripples, leaving them dried up, sometimes for days.
"I think it would be nice if ComEd were able to come out and trim power lines or do whatever's necessary to keep this problem from occurring," says Laird Lambert, a Bradley Heights neighbor.
Lambert's lived in the neighborhood for nearly 30 years, and has had a well system the whole time. It's a less convenient system for companies like ComEd to get back up and running once the power goes down.
"We don't have a lot of options to provide alternate power coming in because that's the only one large user using power like that in the area," says Paul Callighan, ComEd spokesman.
Since the well was built almost 50 years ago, today's technologies don't always play well with the system. ComEd says equipment has been damaged several times in the neighborhood, trying to fix outages caused by downed trees and car accidents.
"While the most recent outage may have affected some 100 customers, they may have been impacted by a larger outage affecting a major distribution line that we needed to repair first," says Callighan.
ComEd says they're not ignoring the outages in the Bradley Heights area, just trying to fix outside breaks too, to help the well. Lambert says his neighbors are more concerned than he is, raising ideas of city water, something he wants nothing to do with.
"The quality of the water that we have here is superior to what we were getting from the city," Lambert says. "I recall having loads of laundry that were ruined by rusty water or iron particles in the water, and I think perhaps some of my neighbors might be forgetting that."
Since the neighborhood was annexed by the city of Rockford recently, ComEd says they should be receiving more attention. As far as the outages are concerned, Lambert tells his neighbors, use the money you'll save from not having city water to stay in a hotel for a few days while your power's out.
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