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Price of OC water is too high

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Dear Editor:

I would like to voice a LOUD complaint about the price of water in Orchard City. I added up our water bills for last summer and compared them to 2016. We paid nearly $400 to water our garden! A small garden at that! We are now moving our garden to a location we can water with irrigation water instead -- IF there is irrigation water this year. We are also burying over half our lawn with gravel so it won't need watering.

This is a lot to go through to afford a few fresh vegetables and herbs! Just a note, we moved here from Utah, where we shared a community well with nine families. We each paid $25/month for all the water we could use, and all watered our two- to four-acre parcels with it! This was paying a large electric bill for the pump, and having reserves to maintain the pump and pipeline.

I have no idea why Orchard City needs over $5 million in reserves, but I suggest these water rates are not the best way to do it.

Carol Nudell
Eckert

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