CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center, a homeless shelter in Charleston, has been forced to operate without hot water for showers and laundry for the past three days.
The hot water tank causing the problem should be fixed sometime today, said Chief Executive Officer Alex Alston.
The center operates off two large, industrial strength hot water heaters, Alston said. However, one of the heaters broke three days ago, forcing residents at the shelter to either take cold showers or go elsewhere to bathe, he said.
"It's a terrible time of year for this to happen," Alston said. "It's just a miserable thing for the residents."
Those staying at the center have been able to go to the nearby service center, also operated by Roark-Sullivan, to take hot showers.
Residents have also been able to take hot showers at Covenant House a few blocks away when the facility is open.
"We know it's inconvenient and uncomfortable," Alston said.
Center employees called someone in to repair the hot water heater when it stopped working, but a part had to be ordered for the heater.
"It takes a little bit of time to get parts for these large heaters," he said.
The second heater at the center has been working, and is supplying hot water to the center's kitchen.
Alston wasn't sure how much the repair would cost.
"It's just something we have to do," he said.