The Sierra Ridge apartment complex in West Atlanta was without water days before the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Despite residents paying their bill, the city of Atlanta turned off the water because of an outstanding bill from the former property owners.

According to reports, the previous owners left a water bill in excess of $700,000. The new owners claim to have been unaware of this debt when they purchased the complex a few months ago.

The complex is home to over 90 children preparing for the start of school Tuesday morning.

This story first broke Monday morning on “Real Talk with Rashad Richey” on WAOK.

He invited Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent, Meria Carstarphen and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, on to his show to discuss the issue at hand and possible solutions moving forward.

Following the show, Richey visited the neighborhood on Delmar Lane and spoke with the residents while Carstarphen and Mitchell worked to solve the problem.

Rashad Richey speaking with resident at Sierra Ridge apartment complex in West Atlanta. (Courtesy Rashad Richey)

Richey posted on his Facebook account Monday afternoon confirming that the water has been turned back on. Although the water is back running, Richey says, “these residents still deserve a long-term solution to this chaos.

Because of the efforts taken by community leaders such as Carstarphen, Mitchell and Richey, students in this west Atlanta neighborhood will have the water they need to dive into the new school year.

Rashad Richey posing with two girls who live at Sierra Ridge apartment complex in West Atlanta. (Courtesy Rashad Richey)

WAOK will have the latest updates on this developing story.

  • Julien Virgin is a staff writer as CBS Radio Atlanta. 







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