JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – It’s hard to imagine how Joyce Crumley managed to live in her home without running water for 14 months.
She showed News4JAX how she used a hose, attached to a well pump in her garden, to fill a large spaghetti pot with water, then heat it on her stove to use to clean her dishes.
She followed the same process, filling a 5 gallon bucket, to flush her toilet. No running water also meant showering was impossible in his Jacksonville home. She joined a local gym and used its showers to bathe.
Crumley said that until last year she was doing very well living on a fixed income as a widow. But a series of events pushed his life almost to the limit.
First, a builder offered to move the well pump that circulates water to his house to another part of his property so the builder could install a septic tank next to Crumley. She said it caused an electrical fire that knocked out the power to her mobile home. She didn’t have the money to both reconnect the water and pay to restore the electricity to her home. She had no insurance.
Crumley paid for a new electrical box and was still trying to figure out how to run the plumbing to his house to get water again. She admits she had no idea what she was doing, but couldn’t afford the thousands of dollars the plumbers were offering her for the job.
Then she received a terrifying diagnosis: stage 3 cancer.
“I’m starting therapy next Monday,” she cried. “So I’m fighting for my life and for my home and I don’t know how long I can do it.”
When Snyder Heating, Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric heard about Crumley’s living conditions, his employees were quick to help. Snyder’s plumbers spent several days assessing the problem, running a pipe to his home, and reconnecting his water to his well.
“We recognize how much she struggled to do all of this and continues to do so,” Tim Wood said with Snyder. “We felt we had to fight as hard as she did to bring clean water to her house.”
He showed us the more than 160 foot line of pipe laid to connect the well that pumps water to Crumley’s house.
Snyder donated all supplies, including a new well pump, and all labor to help him.
“My heart throbs; I’m so excited,” Crumley said as she watched the work in her garden. “Thank you, thank you very much.”
Crumley was thrilled when she and Wood stood in her bathroom and turned on the faucet to see water flowing into her sink again after more than a year.
“I can’t thank you enough. God works in mysterious ways,” she told Wood. “I can flush the toilet. You don’t know how hard it was after the fire. Can I hug you on TV?
“Absolutely,” Wood said.
“We can all learn a little something about tenacity and willpower from her,” Wood said of Crumley, who is eternally grateful to the strangers who helped her so she can now focus on the job. victory in his fight against cancer.
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