BRUNSWICK — An ongoing water shortage at Bay Bridge Estates, a mobile home park on Old Bath Road, likely won’t improve until at least Jan. 22, according to town officials.

Water problems began earlier this month when residents, many of whom are elderly, complained of water shortages that affected their ability to shower, do dishes, and more.

Town officials issued an ultimatum to the owners of the park, BBE, LLC and Liberty Management Group, in early January demanding they rectify the situation.

But since then, the town has been providing water to the residents by the truckload, the cost of which is to be incurred by the owners.

“We continue to truck water,” said Town Manager John Eldridge at Tuesday’s regular town council meeting. The information he’s received from the managers of the mobile home park indicate that a third well won’t be online until Jan. 22, at the earliest.

Initial reports that a new well was being drilled are inaccurate, he said. “There was a lot of confusion as to what has actually happened down there. Management had actually uncovered a well that had been drilled and buried over.”

Some members of the council expressed trepidation at the thought of an old, buried-over well being used as the new water supply.

“My intelligence tells me that they didn’t dig that well or drill that well at all,” said Councilor David Watson. “I have some concerns with that.”

Concerns included water quality, whether the well can provide adequate supply, and more.

“We have some concerns about using the well that had been covered for whatever reason,” Eldridge said. “That leaves some questions to be answered, which I have asked the management of the park to address.”

Council also expressed concerns about similar issues happening in the future. Councilor Steve Walker said the issue was “eye-opening.”

“It is very eye-opening to me this whole thing with Bay Bridge landing, and the gaps in management or lack thereof,” he said. “Given that we have several parks in the town of Brunswick, is there potential for this to happen again?”

Walker suggested the town should take a look at policies that could help prevent similar issues at other mobile home parks. Brunswick has several similar parks, all with different ownership and management situations.

“Some of these parks have a hybrid situation; there are people that own the home they live in, yet somebody owns the land, and somebody else is a manager that provides things,” said Councilor Suzan Wilson.

She pointed out that a closer look at zoning ordinances may be in order. “I get the feeling that they’re sort of in the no-man’s land.”

Regardless of the ongoing situation, Watson commended town staff on their prompt response to the issues.

“I became completely aware of this situation on Jan. 1,” he said. “Within 24 hours, action was already being taken. I can’t remember of any action in 17 years that took place as quickly as that.”