We always wanted to live in the country. For over 20 years, we endured a well so sulphuric that fumes ate the paint off of our appliances, ruined our copper plumbing and cost a lot to maintain our water system -- chlorinators, metering devices, holding tank, water softener, filters.
When we heard that city water was coming, we signed up two years in advance. After several thousands of dollars to hook up, excavate, remove old systems, pull and cap old well, plus replace some old rotten pipes, we had city water.
We are a retired couple who washes a couple of loads of clothes a week, a couple of showers and wash dishes and a few flushes. All for the princely sum of $35 to $45 monthly.
Now the rural water is so raising our rates from 24 percent to 64 percent. What are we to do? Washcloths at the creek? Save rainwater for bathing? Build an outhouse so we don't have to flush? Of course not. We will endure and kvetch about it.
Fred and Patricia Peters