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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

I just received my city of Lodi utilities bill. My head about went through the roof. When the city fathers say they are going to raise water rates, they really mean it. Ever since my wife started her garden in the backyard, our water rate has doubled.

It seems what our Heavenly Father provides us free of charge, men take it over and charge the rest of us for it (consumer beware, free enterprise and entrepreneurship, again?). Next thing you know, the city council will figure out a way to charge us for the very air we breathe! Another good example of how private enterprise sides with government at all levels and sticks us with the bill.

Of course, if we were local farmers (excuse me, agribusinessmen) and property owners, we wouldn’t have to worry about it so much.

That’s livable, lovable Lodi for ya! And we can’t even afford to leave it, in search of a better America.

John Cooper

Lodi

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6 comments:

  • Rick Houdack posted at 10:56 am on Mon, Sep 1, 2014.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 170

    The reservoirs are drained while all the water released from them is keeping the rivers lapping at the tops of the levees in the delta.

     
  • Sarah Elizabeth Tygert posted at 3:47 pm on Fri, Aug 29, 2014.

    Sarah Tygert Posts: 53

    Mr. schmidt hit the nail on the head. It's called a drought. It would seem "god" is not providing water and we must use man-made methods of doing so. When the product is as scarce as it is, one must pay the price or start collecting rain.

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 7:10 pm on Wed, Aug 27, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 526

    Until the meters were put in that flat rate was outstanding since you could use all the water you could get through a hose anytime you wanted, draining the pool and a refill, no problem. Meters changed all of that since the flat fee went the way of clean air. LIke anything else, electricity a little less in the winter due to the A/C being put to bed for six months or so, gas is up in order to keep the house warm, it just might be a right wing conspiracy. Just roll with the punches since things are not going to get any better. OH, and BTW Barrow, after a year or so you will get used to that water meter box, or have a starving artist paint Barrys pic on it, now you have something to either be sad or happy about.

     
  • Jien Kaur posted at 10:38 am on Wed, Aug 27, 2014.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 150

    Mr John Cooper - if you are saying vegetable garden perhaps maybe best to purchase the 'drip' kind water system. The first of the expense may be slight large but can use year after year and water goes to the direct of the root of plant not to all dirt in garden. Plus I learn that the many of the people grow vegetables do the too much water that is the bad for plants. I made few plants die by too much water the last year.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:49 am on Wed, Aug 27, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1518

    I admit, until I read Mr. Cooper’s letter I hadn’t checked on my bill since the meters went in. On a side subject I will say that I wasn’t too happy about the ugly box they put in my yard. Anyway I looked into my past bills and did a little math and yes my bill for the last two months was 66% higher than when I paid a flat rate. I was a bit shocked until I looked a little deeper and noticed that my bill from January thru May was actually lower than the old flat rate. I then took the three highest months (because there are only three months higher than the flat rate) and the three lowest months and found that combined I have actually saved 3% overall. This savings are not much but when you think that August is all but over my bill should continue to decline going into winter as we have already begun to cut back on watering. All in all it looks like at least this year I will be paying less for water than last year.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 7:00 am on Wed, Aug 27, 2014.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2402

    Mr Cooper, you are welcome to collect "what God provides free of charge" in rain barrels or cisterns. As for the stuff that flows out of our man made pipes and reservoirs, that is a different matter. Perhaps the middle of the worst drought in history was not the best time to take up water intensive gardening.

     

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