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Nation's water costs rushing
higher, USA Today study reveals

USA Today, by Kevin McCoy

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Posted By:Ribicon, 9/28/2012 9:43:58 PM

While most Americans worry about gas and heating oil prices, water rates have surged in the past dozen years, according to a USA TODAY study of 100 municipalities. Prices at least doubled in more than a quarter of the locations and even tripled in a few. Consumers could easily overlook the steady drip, drip, drip of water rate hikes, yet the cost of this necessity of life has outpaced the percentage increases of some of these other utilities, carving a larger slice of household budgets in the process. "I don't know how they expect people to keep paying more for water

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Another way our best and brightest are destroying our way of life through skyrocketing costs for essential goods and services. In my area, water costs are up some 50% to comply with an unrealistic "clean water" mandate from EPA. Guess if they make life perfectly clean and green, we can starve in the dark and die of hypothermia.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: doublesharp, 9/28/2012 10:03:45 PM     (No. 8897348)

Sewer bills are worse than water bills in my community.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bob913, 9/28/2012 10:13:09 PM     (No. 8897368)

In Los Angeles they are raising water rates 16% to pay for the much higher average salaries and of course pensions for DWP then the taxpayers get.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lizzee1, 9/28/2012 10:13:39 PM     (No. 8897371)

Average 180 a month water bills. Don't move to Waverly, Mn

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 9/28/2012 10:18:42 PM     (No. 8897386)

In most places the taxes and add ons are higher than the actual bill.

Where do they think the elderly on fixed incomes or the unemployed will find extra money ?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: geoguy, 9/28/2012 10:24:00 PM     (No. 8897406)

Having been part of soil and groundwater pollution cleanups I see what EPA is up to. Basically, as analytical detection limits have have gotten lower and lower, from parts per million down to parts per trillion, cleanup standards and allowable pollution limits have gotten more and more strict. Also, algorithms to determine the health impact of pollutants are built upon assumptions on assumptions. So health impacts can be easily manipulated to get just about anything you want. It's a joke.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: oldbuffalo, 9/28/2012 10:58:43 PM     (No. 8897484)

Having a private well is becoming a luxury only afforded a few. We pay nothing for water. $11 per month for sewer. A decision we made 24 years ago is paying off in spades. (Oops, can I say that?)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MamaD, 9/28/2012 11:33:16 PM     (No. 8897544)

Thank goodness for our well! My sister's water bills are outrageous.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 9/29/2012 12:01:10 AM     (No. 8897573)

In my neck of the woods, everyone does a bang up job of conserving water. It has reached the point that, because of the conservation, REVENUE is dropping and they have to make up the shortfall with increased rates.

You're danged if you do and danged if you don't .

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Reply 9 - Posted by: annie xango, 9/29/2012 12:36:03 AM     (No. 8897626)

mine just doubled since the last bill 3 mo. ago..the sewer charges are outrageous...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: enuf8, 9/29/2012 12:52:52 AM     (No. 8897642)

#8 - sounds like you are in my neck of the woods------same happened here. The water department place all on severe restrictions and then moaned and groaned the revenues had dropped dramatically and felt the need to raise the rates. Now, (but not previously) they are stating the new pipeline for water being constructed is the reason for the higher rates. Losing battle!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: WestCoast, 9/29/2012 1:01:21 AM     (No. 8897650)

Left L.A. years ago but remember in addition to the salaries and pensions they raise rates after rationing water to make up for reduced revenues. Don't you love gov't logic. I've got a well now, the county made me put a meter on it which they've never read, but since I accidentally dropped a cinder block on it, it wouldn't do much good to look at it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 9/29/2012 7:25:33 AM     (No. 8897847)

Thank the EPA.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rakasha, 9/29/2012 7:46:22 AM     (No. 8897874)

#8 & 10, Our water supplier went one better. They haven't raised the rates on water yet, they are instead charging a supply fee. Now, even if I don't use a drop of water, I still pay about $65 on each water bill just for the privilege of being hooked up - which is mandatory in my area and we aren't allowed to have wells.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: craige, 9/29/2012 1:43:29 PM     (No. 8898648)

One could ask: How does one water one's garden and fruit trees?

Been looking into permaculture. Water usage can be drastically reduced. AND there is now a way to get rid of yard trimmings, without using a trash service. You just bury them.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Mushroom, 9/29/2012 10:19:35 PM     (No. 8899462)

#13 I can top that, in addition to the supply fees, our small co-op water company was pressured into augmenting a nearby large city and THAT caused our rates to increase because of the additional costs.

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