Parkside community speaks out on water pressure issues

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 14:18:01-04

After dealing with fluctuating water pressure in their neighborhood for years, residents in the Parkside Neighborhood are now speaking out and taking action - together.

With the support of the Parkside Community Association, residents are hopeful city officials will quickly and effectively address the water issue. 

Dan Cadzow lives on Humboldt Parkway in Buffalo and said for the past seven years he and his family have been struggling due to low water pressure. In their home, showering, brushing your teeth, washing your face, even using the bathroom, require a lot of coordination and patience. 

"We have to make sure that nobody's in the shower when we do a load of laundry and things like that. When too many people use it {water}, somebody suffers and has to wait until the pressure comes back up," Cadzow said. 

With the city failing to act immediately, he bought a water pressure gauge and checked neighbors' water pressures. 

"Some people with very low pressure thought it was just fine, but a lot of people really complained adamantly about how low the pressure was," he expressed. 

According to Cadzow's research, normal water pressure should fall anywhere between 40-65. But a majority of the houses he checked, fell well below - ranging in the 20s and 30s. 

Cadzow and other residents now say, after sharing data, surveys and opinions with city official leaks are being inspected and improvements are being made. 

Officials say, Buffalo Water is currently performing a leak detection survey in response to additional concerns throughout the Parkside Neighborhood. According to them, pressure fluctuations aren't affecting more than 20-40 homes at any given time.