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Water from the upstairs bathroom had been leaking under the floor and into the ceiling below for months, maybe — no one is exactly sure.

Not the downstairs tenants, who called Code Enforcement to complain that their bathroom ceiling had erupted into a torrent of filthy water. And not the landlords, who called the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to have the tenants evicted for failing to pay the past six months' rent.

The landlady, a Korean woman, says today is the first that she's heard of the leak, which destroyed the bathroom walls and has rotted out the carpeting in the hallway and bedrooms.

"Human being not live like this!" she screams at David Pitts. He can't help but agree.

Pitts is one of the nine code inspectors working for the city of Colorado Springs, and part of his job is to see that messes like this one get fixed before someone gets hurt. He also sees to it that your neighbors dispose of their trash properly, that they keep their yards tidy, that the abandoned houses on your block are secured, and that the dangerous ones are torn down.

It's not a glamorous function, but he believes it's a crucial one for the health of the city, its residents and its businesses.

It's also, not surprisingly, one that's drastically underfunded in Colorado Springs.


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