8 On Your Side gets city to repair major leak

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. (WFLA) – Two days after our 8 On Your Side report, workers showed up at Lydia and Ana Lewin’s front yard to repair a major leak. News Channel 8 visited the Lewins’ Temple Terrace neighborhood last week because water was spewing from a pipe in the frontyard.

The work began 14 days after the leak was first reported.

“If this is waterfront property, I don’t want it. I don’t want it,” Lydia said last week. “We’re little people but when they see that you all come out here and so forth they’ll get their buts of their chair and do something.”

“He said it was 20-25 gallons of water per minute. We are supposed to be conserving water,” she told 8 On Your Side.

The Lewins reached out to News Channel 8 after reporting the broken pipe to the city and not getting much help. “They took my information and they said it’s out of their hands,” Ana said.

8 On Your Side was told by city spokesman Mike Dunn the leak was investigated and officials “found it to be relatively minor.”

Hours later, city spokesman Mike Dunn called 8 On Your Side and said the leak was “not as big a deal as it is being made out to be.” His email called the leak “minor” and said crews have been checking on it daily, although they didn’t make contact with the homeowner.

Hours after News Channel 8 called, a Temple Terrace worker showed up at the Lewin’s home to explain. “The city did a project out here a few years ago. It has gotten worse,” the worker said.

“I do apologize ma’am that we haven’t knocked on your door,” he told Lydia.

The worker then told 8 On Your Side water was leaking from the front yard at a rate of 20-25 gallons per minute.

“We got some answers, now we would like to have some action. We’re little people but when they see that you all come out here and so forth, they’ll get their butts of their chair and do something,” Lydia said.

News Channel 8 also called in a geotechnical engineer. “It’s too far from the house to be an issue,” the engineer said.

On Monday work continued along the Lewins’ street. The water has stopped flowing, and the pipes are being repaired. Lydia is thankful her yard is no longer underwater.

“It made a heck of a difference. If she hadn’t come, we would still be waiting. Your presence I’m telling you was what made them come out,” she said.

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