LAS VEGAS — For most people, facing the Las Vegas heat without functioning a/c or properly running water is the stuff of nightmares, but for homeowner Jim Siler, a recently widowed man in his 70s, that nightmare was reality.
Siler had been living in the Las Vegas valley without working plumbing or functioning a/c for the past few months. If that wasn’t enough, a water line burst, causing water to pool under his home. On a fixed income, Siler couldn’t afford the $8,000 price tag to get things fixed, so he resorted to weathering out the summer with open windows and inadequate plumbing. In order to take a shower or go to the bathroom, Siler would have to go outside and turn his water on in the sweltering 115°F heat or fill heavy 5-gallon buckets for daily water usage, a massive challenge for someone with limited mobility resulting from strokes and cancer treatments.