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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gary McCormick has a simple challenge to anyone who would accept it.

"I challenge anybody to live a week without water let alone three weeks," he said.

McCormick knows what its like to have no running water in his home, and he doesn't like it.

McCormick lives on Clairmont Road in the Larsen Historic neighborhood. His is one of several homes with no running water.

"It has been terrible," said McCormick, "no one has been able to take a bath at home. Fortunately I belong to the YMCA and I go there."

Several homes in the Larsen Historic community are on city water, but most of the homes in rely on shallow wells. McCormick's well dried up eight years ago.

"Everything you do, you have to haul water in by the gallons," he said.

The house next door is rented by Dennis Bey. The two properties were tapped into a neighbor's city water line but three weeks ago that property was sold and they lost their water connection.

"It is hectic at times but you got to do what you have to do," said Bey.

Bey would like to have running water in his home before his wife returnsfrom the hospital.

"I'm just happy things are moving," he said.

The JEA has a water line on Paul Drive, which intersects with Clairmont Road.

Paying for an extension down Clairmont Road has been the challenge.

A few days ago,City Councilwoman Lori Boyer met with all the players, City Public Works, JEA and Public Health, to begin looking for funds and a solution.

Boyer saidon Tuesday the mayor's office transferred $35,000 to run the lines to the five homes on Clairmont.

"You can't do anything without water," said McCormick. "You don't realize how much you have missed it until it is gone."

The JEA has marked the right of way area, McCormick and his neighbors are now waiting.

"It shouldn't take that long," he said.

The JEA said its plans are to expedite the project. TheJEA would need two days minimum for utility locates, lay the line, two days of bacterial sampling, pressure testing, certificate of completion then it could do the tie-ins.

The tie in becomes the property owner's responsibility, that means they would have to pay the $1509 connection fee which includes the meter.

Boyer said she will continue to work on determining which locations are highest priority based on well data and JEA and Duval Health are providing maps. Boyer said once she knows the approximate costs she will work to locate funding.

On Thursday, there's a meetingto train residents on completion of Utility Tap In Program (UTIP) grant applications for connection to existing lines.

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