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No-water-use advisory issued in Gila County

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PINE-STRAWBERRY, Ariz. -

Don't drink the water. That's what people living in some parts of the state are being told Wednesday.

The water restrictions in Gila County are affecting more than a dozen subdivisions in the Pine and Strawberry area.

People have been forced to stop by water stations to get drinkable water.

Crates of bottled water are stacked up at the Pine-Strawberry water improvement district. For now, this is the only water available for people living in 16 subdivisions who have been told not to use the water coming out of their taps.

"Can't drink it -- you can't bathe in it, can't do dishes, can't do laundry," says Emily Winebrenner.

"Can't take a bath, can't flush your toilet, you can't get a drink," says Mike Mickley.

The water district says a combination of the heat, a mechanical problem, and low supply, created a strain on the system causing them to issue the warning.

"Well we're working on it as quickly as we can. Our window of expectation is still consistent with our messaging which is a 24-48 hour period," says Rob Kuta, Pine-Strawberry Water District.

People who live in areas affected by this water outage can come here to the Water Irrigation District and get up to 5 gallons of bottled water until the water situation is fixed.

Most people we talked to living in this mountain community seemed to be understanding about the situation.

"You know everybody seems to be going with the flow, you know just take it in stride. One of those things, nice place to live, small town," says Jerry Townsend.

But others say their patience is running dry.

"Up until yesterday I couldn't even get an answer from 'em about what was wrong. And they still can't tell you when the water will be back on," says Mike Mickley.

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