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8/29/2013 3:11:00 PM
Letter: Getting perspective on water issue


I've been reading the many editorials on "insiders" vs. "outsiders" of the City of Cottonwood water rate issues. Here is a different perspective on this subject.

We live inside the city limits of Clarkdale. We pay the same taxes as other Clarkdale residents, but have no water, sewer, gas, or even road maintenance services from the city. Two years ago our well went dry. It would cost $50,000 to drill a new well at the depth of 1000 feet, as advised by the city of Clarkdale. To receive city water, our neighborhood would all have to agree to pay out-of-pocket a combined total of $160,000 ($20,000 per household) to bring water to our residences from the city line. Consequently, for the last two years we have been paying $300-$500 per month for weekly water delivery. Most of that monthly cost is for delivery services of the water.

My point is that people living "outside" the city should realize that sometimes even people living "inside" a city don't receive any water services at all. It's life, and life's not always "fair."

Katie Keller


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: T. Hearn

Reply to Katie Keller:

Ouch! And catch-22 on top of that. With $36,000 to $60,000 annual water costs, how can you save up $50,000 to dig a new well? Sounds like we Clarkvillians should plan some concerts to help our own stay hydrated.

But this isn't the same situation as Verde Village and Verde Santa Fe. You didn't know your well would go dry in your lifetime, but you did choose and were prepared to handle your own water, gas, sewage, and road maintenance.

The Villagers utility hookups were included in the purchase price. They figured the cost of purchasing these services into their "can we afford it?" calculations. They aren't prepared to go solo now.

Apples and oranges. Unless you're telling us that Clarkdale's billing you for water & sewer costs, surcharges, and taxes. In that case, I'll definitely slap your letter on someone's desk and lodge a complaint. Why is Katie Keller being charged for delivering my water? Why should she help upgrade our sewer and our waterpipes? Doesn't she have enough trouble with her well and septic tank?

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: Unsustainable water use

Very disturbing to read comments about people\'s wells going dry.

The continual lowering of our water table suggests we are unsustainably mining water now, and as our population grows, that problem will only get worse in the future.

Those Cottonwood officials who insist the Verde River wont go dry and who continue to push aggressive growth are misguided at best, dangerous at worst.

We dont need USGS computer models to confirm this. Just ask these well owners.

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: I Know the Worth

Thank you Ms. Keller! There is an old saying, “ You don’t know the worth of water until the well goes dry.” My well also went dry over the past year. I can tell you I would gladly pay those “out of city” charges to have the reliability of the city’s water. I’ve learned a lot about our water situation here in the Verde Valley in the past year. Folks, whether we are served by city water or on our own wells, it is going to get more and more expensive to have water as the years go by. Its a precious resource, and it is not unlimited here! I realize that no one likes to see their bills go up ... but you get a new perspective when you face a $30,000 proposition to replace your well that no longer pumps.

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