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City shuts off water to apartment complex

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PHOENIX -

Big crowds gathered outside of the Mirabella apartment complex Thursday afternoon.

The people who live there say they've been paying their rent, but the owners have apparently been skipping out on their bills and now the city of Phoenix has shut off water to the complex.

"You turn the water on.. and you don't get nothin," said a resident.

And that's the big problem at the Mirabella Apartments -- the water main was shut off and padlocked.  The city says the complex owner has an unpaid water bill of more than $50,000.

"It's not right what they are doing to the people," said a resident.

The people are left in a tough spot.  They gathered in front of the building like they were dealing with a blackout.

A lot of families out here were not able to do the things families need to do.

"We can't flush the toilet.. we can't wash clothes.. and they aren't doing anything about it.. they fired all the maintenance people," said a resident.

The city told us the apartment owners haven't paid their bill since May and they have been trying to contact the owners since then -- with no response.

Residents say the manager was in just long enough to fire the maintenance crew and then she took off.  So for now, all these people are left with dry faucets and few options.

"Our kids need to take baths.. there are disability people... kids are disabled.. we can't wash dishes.. we can't live.. how are we going to get our money back?  We need money so we can move," said a resident.

We tried contacting the owners of the apartments twice, but our calls were not returned.

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