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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – A residential care facility operator owes thousands in penalties for a three-day outage at a Wildwood care facility, according to Attorney General Chris Koster.

A St. Louis County jury ruled that Whispering Oaks Residential Care Facility violated Missouri state law regarding the outage and the company failed to have a certified operator for the water system.

According to Koster, the facility, which cares for individuals with serious disabilities or mental illnesses, had gone three days without water in 2010 as well as a neighboring facility.

The stoppage was a result in a suit filed by the attorney general.

In turn, Whispering Oaks had no water for sinks, showers and toilets and triggered residents being moved due to unsanitary facilities. The neighboring facility found an alternate water source.

Whispering Oaks has been ordered to pay $135,000.

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