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Work begins on condo complex without hot water after News4 I-Team investigation

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However you showered this morning, there's a good chance you didn't have to walk outside to a trailer to do it, but that's a reality for hundreds of people at Georgetown Condominiums in Green Hills.

The News4 I-Team's Lindsay Bramson first exposed the issue last week, revealing the extreme measure one woman took just to stay clean.

Dara Howe is getting creative when it’s time to take a shower.

"I fill it with hot water and balance it out with some cool water until it's the temperature I like, and then I get in the shower and suds up,” Howe said.

It's what she's had to do for the last 6 weeks since gas was turned off at Georgetown Condominiums because of a leak.

When the News4 I-Team asked management why it was taking so long to fix it, the property manager said they were working to find an affordable contractor. 

In the meantime, management put a trailer in the parking lot with eight showers for tenants to use.

“I've never used them. I frankly took to taking cold showers,” Howe said.

But she won't have to worry about it much longer.

To save money, Georgetown's management is switching everyone from gas to electric power, and Howe's building is first on the list

Four days after the News4 I-Team exposed how residents are having to shower, repairs began at the condos, and people who live there say the city should have stepped in sooner.

So why didn't Metro Codes get involved sooner? We visited their downtown office to find out.

"You weren't aware what was going on there until we brought it to your attention. Is it acceptable people living there have been without gas for weeks now?" Investigative Reporter Lindsay Bramson asked.

"It's unfortunate. At this time they are making a reasonable effort,” Bill Penn with Metro Codes said. 

Lee Company is the contractor doing the work. NES will then provide power to each building when work is complete.

"I'm just grateful it's in the warmer months. It would be terrible if this had happened in the winter time,” Howe said.

NES says the entire complex will take about three months to finish.

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