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Homeowner says he's had no water running for years, nobody being held accountable

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Towre Grant.  says his home hasn't had running water for many years and he believes whomever is responsible is not being held accountable. Credit: KMOV Towre Grant.  says his home hasn't had running water for many years and he believes whomever is responsible is not being held accountable. Credit: KMOV

PINE LAWN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Imagine having no running water for two years. That is what a man in Pine Lawn says is happening to him and his family. 

It's so bad, he can't even live there. He claims a new construction project is to blame, but News 4 found out the buck keeps getting passed around.

"The winter time is coming, I don't even have access to my property. I have a son that is in a wheelchair," says Towre Grant. 

Grant says he bought this Pine Lawn home in 2009. He needed some plumbing done. 

"When the water company came out, they said there was no way for them to turn the water on that is when I figured something was wrong," he says. 

Grant says a construction project is to blame. 

"My water line where it used to be is covered under concrete now," Grant said.

Near Grant's house, new housing was being built by Beyond Housing. The work ended up affecting Grant's water line, but when Beyond Housing went to fix it, his pipes got buried with the water valve shut closed.

With no running water and renovations, no water is coming out of the sink, and with all this going on, the homeowner is left with jugs of water in his house to get by. He's also forced to live elsewhere. 

"In Normandy I am paying $720 a month. I am losing money. Here, I can live and don't have to pay," he says. 

The big question is who is at fault? News 4 checked with Missouri American Water .

"The best that we can figure is either the plumber, when he made the fix in 2009, left the water turned off, what is now a paved road or the old stop box is also under the road, maybe that was in the off position. Either way the water is not getting to the current stop box," says Brian Russell with Missouri American Water. 

Beyond Housing says they tried to alleviate the problem, even though they do not believe they were the cause. But Grant's alderman says he won't stop until someone is held accountable. 

"This man's water problems should have been fixed the first time. They knew they did something and they should have fixed it the first time," says Alderman Gerald Lawrence Metts. 

Grant adds, "I am at the point where I don't have any money and this is another holiday coming up." 

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