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Water shut down at Texarkana homeless camp

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A camp for the homeless community is without water in Texarkana, Texas, after the city shut down their water services last week.
    
While the private property owner says it was just a gesture to help them, the city is saying it's an environmental issue.
 
"Jesus Camp" is a homeless community made up of make-shift tents located on businessman Joe Narens property.

It's set up downtown under the viaduct.

Narens not only allows them to stay on his property, but he also had the city install a water hydrant.   

"I'm not going to turn my back on them," explained Narens. "They couldn't go to a job interview unless they smelled clean."
 
The city recently removed the water meter on Narens property.

"This is just one of their (the city's) strong arm tactics to shut the camp down," said Narens.  

There are about 8 to 10 people who live on the property at any given time.

Donations have come into the camp since news spread about the water issue.

"Water is good because we need to bath, brush our teeth, wash our face," said Lisa Green, Camp Supervisor.

The water meter had been on Narens property since last summer and he wishes it was still there.

"It's in my capability to give them a place to lay their heads and that's all I've ever wanted to do, said Narens.

Narens says he's not even surprised that the city removed the water meter.

He says the real issue is not even about water, but rather who's responsible for the homeless community.  

City officials say the water meter was removed was due to a code enforcement issue.
    
They say the water line ran from Narens property to public property which created a public health and safety issue.

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