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(Maryland Community News)   Water Utilities 10 years ago: "We need to save water. Install high-efficiency toilets and washing machines." Water Utilities now: "You're not buying enough water. Enjoy your new maintenance and infrastructure fees. And a 9 percent increase in rates"   (gazette.net) divider line 138
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2014-08-08 10:37:08 AM  
There are seven of us in my household and we use ~100 gallons/day according to the meter readings. That is with a 0.6 gallon flush toilet(that works fine, thank you very much),low flow fixtures, HE clothes and dish washers, and we don't water any outdoor plants/yard. Our primary drink here is water, so maybe we can drink a little more?

/csb?
 
2014-08-08 10:43:42 AM  
Out here in drought country, we just let big corporations pump out all of our groundwater so they can sell it back to us in little plastic bottles

/saves on plumbing
 
2014-08-08 12:32:00 PM  
Sure glad I have my own private well.
 
2014-08-08 12:33:12 PM  
They started that crap here a while ago. All the rain we get, we were still asked to conserve and then they still jacked the rates. You are actually better off just wasting the water because you pay for it regardless.
 
2014-08-08 12:34:08 PM  
At least we millenials will probably die off before the world goes to war over the lack of freshwater resources.

It will happen eventually.
 
2014-08-08 12:34:30 PM  
That sounds like my gas bill in Atlanta. $10 of usage in these summer months and about $35 in surcharges and taxes. What the fark...
 
2014-08-08 12:34:33 PM  
Simple......Jesus do we have to go over this again.....

SUPPLY......blah blah blah blah.....DEMAND....blah blah blah blah...corporate profits....blah blah blah blah....bend over and take it in the ass.....blah blah blah blah
 
2014-08-08 12:35:53 PM  

Killer Cars: At least we millenials will probably die off before the world goes to war over the lack of freshwater resources.

It will happen eventually.


No it won't because RAIN.....study it out. DUH
 
2014-08-08 12:37:24 PM  
Waaaaaah!  We want massive infrastructure to pipe water directly into our homes, but don't want to pay for it!  Waaaaaaah!
 
2014-08-08 12:37:48 PM  
Same with the electric company...energy efficient light bulbs, appliances, tv's, oh nos, plus a cooler than normal summer so no air con running...rates up 20%. thanks for playing. mutherfarkers.
 
2014-08-08 12:38:18 PM  
 
2014-08-08 12:38:32 PM  
Hmm...it says article not available. Water conspiracy? Or is my Os on the fritz?
 
2014-08-08 12:38:45 PM  
Well, here's something that gives you an idea of how crooked the utility companies can be :
Back in IL, in I think 2007, Comed tried to pay the state government $5 billion to help catch up on it's bills (which is sorely needed there). The catch? The state would allow them to hike up rates another 15%. In an act that defies the very nature of IL politics, they told Comed to go fark themselves, regardless of the money.......... Fast forward one year: Comed begs and pleads with the state for $2 billion dollars for a smart grid (fancy way of them saying that their shiat is obsolete), and the steady climb in rates happened regardless, though not the Draconian 15% increase that they wanted.

Oh and they love to send out disconnection notices right before the November deadline, when they can't legally turn off your heat or power during the winter months. Same with the gas companies especially.
 
2014-08-08 12:39:16 PM  
People in Berlin are conserving so much water that the groundwater level is rising by a couple of centimeters each year. Basements are being flooded and major damage is being done to state buildings.

Ooh, look at me, I read The Economist...
 
2014-08-08 12:39:29 PM  
Man...it used to be so much easier than this.

static.seekingalpha.com
 
2014-08-08 12:40:13 PM  
I just ripped the pissant-flush toilet out of our bathroom and replaced it with a new Delta that has a flush so powerful if you're sitting down your ears pop.  I got tired of churning the butt-butter every morning with the plunger after taking a massive on the old toilet.

The GF has me install one of those happy-Japanese-electronic-poopy-time bidet lids at the same time.  I do have to say I am getting quite accustomed to a sparkly-clean power-washed starfish.  I highly recommend it.
 
2014-08-08 12:40:50 PM  
So nothing new.
 
2014-08-08 12:41:17 PM  
They raise my electric rates every year. They don't even try to make excuses anymore.
 
2014-08-08 12:42:24 PM  

Killer Cars: At least we millenials will probably die off before the world goes to war over the lack of freshwater resources.

It will happen eventually.


Fusion power could let you desalinate all the water you want.
 
2014-08-08 12:42:42 PM  
same thing with state governments. buy cars that get higher gas mileage. wait, we aren't getting enough gas tax. raise the tax and let's try to push a mile driven surcharge.
 
2014-08-08 12:42:49 PM  

moike: I just ripped the pissant-flush toilet out of our bathroom and replaced it with a new Delta that has a flush so powerful if you're sitting down your ears pop.  I got tired of churning the butt-butter every morning with the plunger after taking a massive on the old toilet.

The GF has me install one of those happy-Japanese-electronic-poopy-time bidet lids at the same time.  I do have to say I am getting quite accustomed to a sparkly-clean power-washed starfish.  I highly recommend it.


LMAO
 
2014-08-08 12:44:19 PM  
My water service charge is always more than my water usage.
 
2014-08-08 12:44:51 PM  

Killer Cars: At least we millenials will probably die off before the world goes to war over the lack of freshwater resources.

It will happen eventually.


dvdmedia.ign.com

"This shiat is gonna be more precious than oil. Ten years from now, it's already started to happen. People going: 'Yo, I got water. And if you want it cold, I got ice, motherfarker.'"
 
2014-08-08 12:45:15 PM  
I've lived in 4 states in the last 10 years and each water utility I've paid into has parroted the same bullshiat. There needs to be price controls that actually have teeth in them.
 
2014-08-08 12:46:00 PM  
newsflash: shiat costs money to maintain.
 
2014-08-08 12:46:23 PM  
30+ yearas ago, we had just bought a brand new house South iof Austin. We were going through a drought, and the co-op annouved some rather draconian rules. Well, a lot os residents in the area didn't like that very much, and the next year there were a lot of water well drilling companies out there. My Dad, being the wimpy, passive type, didn't want a well, but to use the water supplied by the company. In the years since, we'd have a dead yard, news of droughts and so forth, whereas neighbors were running sprinklers 24/7 to keep their yards green.
You see that a lot. Residents always asked to conserve, and rates are being increased as maintenance of an older system increases. Essentially, it's "Use less, but we have to exact the fixed cost of support somehow." Just part of government,  Seems like government supports those with less to spend on said support, like getting federal funds for having your bratitos in school, yet not paying for competent teachers.
 
2014-08-08 12:46:57 PM  

Satan's Superfluous Nipple: same thing with state governments. buy cars that get higher gas mileage. wait, we aren't getting enough gas tax. raise the tax and let's try to push a mile driven surcharge.


img.fark.net
 
2014-08-08 12:47:37 PM  

Elzar: That sounds like my gas bill in Atlanta. $10 of usage in these summer months and about $35 in surcharges and taxes. What the fark...


Living in atlanta seems like punishment enough
 
2014-08-08 12:47:48 PM  

kling_klang_bed: Well, here's something that gives you an idea of how crooked the utility companies can be :
Back in IL, in I think 2007, Comed tried to pay the state government $5 billion to help catch up on it's bills (which is sorely needed there). The catch? The state would allow them to hike up rates another 15%. In an act that defies the very nature of IL politics, they told Comed to go fark themselves, regardless of the money.......... Fast forward one year: Comed begs and pleads with the state for $2 billion dollars for a smart grid (fancy way of them saying that their shiat is obsolete), and the steady climb in rates happened regardless, though not the Draconian 15% increase that they wanted.

Oh and they love to send out disconnection notices right before the November deadline, when they can't legally turn off your heat or power during the winter months. Same with the gas companies especially.


So does one pay the bare minimums and say "see ya next year"?
 
2014-08-08 12:47:50 PM  
That's why I only drink Brawndo and bathe in my own piss
 
2014-08-08 12:51:00 PM  

Satan's Superfluous Nipple: same thing with state governments. buy cars that get higher gas mileage. wait, we aren't getting enough gas tax. raise the tax and let's try to push a mile driven surcharge.


 Hmm, why don't I have you on ignore yet?

Oh well, problem solved.
 
2014-08-08 12:51:02 PM  
"We want to give you as little service for as much money as possible."--nearly every utility company ever.

Utilities shouldn't be for-profit entities.  Co-ops or city only, and I'm not enthusiastic about city.
 
2014-08-08 12:51:37 PM  
Subby, you are an idiot.

Saving water is a good thing, and increased prices will lead to more conservation of water.

It's a win win (well, except for your pocketbook).
 
2014-08-08 12:51:55 PM  

Elzar: That sounds like my gas bill in Atlanta. $10 of usage in these summer months and about $35 in surcharges and taxes. What the fark...


At least they don't have to negotiate year long usage fee contracts between 10 different providers.  If you don't, you get completed reamed by the month-to-month price.  This is on top of $240/year for Atlanta Gas Light to get their money.

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-08 12:52:23 PM  

Satan's Superfluous Nipple: same thing with state governments. buy cars that get higher gas mileage. wait, we aren't getting enough gas tax. raise the tax and let's try to push a mile driven surcharge.


And it doesn't even have to be a tax of that nature.

Take sin taxes, like cigarettes.  Raise tax to pay for extra healthcare of smokers.   Raid that money for the general fund.  Make it so you are budgeting for the money.  Fewer people smoke due to tax.  Raise tax to pay for healthcare!
 
2014-08-08 12:52:30 PM  
Water prices will only increase as infrastructure ages and drought, out west, continues.
 
2014-08-08 12:52:41 PM  
Subtard the cost to maintain the infrastructure is not directly proportion to gallons/sec water pumped. I'd rather pay the higher fee and have water then force the utility company out of business. If you dislike paying for potable water out of the tap, Somalia awaits.
 
2014-08-08 12:52:43 PM  
Corporations and utilities 20 years ago.

"Please look into our products and services, comparison shop and we hope you will choose to business with us."

Corporations and utilities today.

"It costs more, now because f*ck you, that's why.  No, we don't answer our phones or accept late payments, shut the f*ck up and give us whatever we ask for or we'll f*ck with your credit until you sh*t gravy.  Thank you for choosing Leviathan Co.
 
2014-08-08 12:53:15 PM  

Ex-Texan: 30+ yearas ago, we had just bought a brand new house South iof Austin. We were going through a drought, and the co-op annouved some rather draconian rules. Well, a lot os residents in the area didn't like that very much, and the next year there were a lot of water well drilling companies out there. My Dad, being the wimpy, passive type, didn't want a well, but to use the water supplied by the company. In the years since, we'd have a dead yard, news of droughts and so forth, whereas neighbors were running sprinklers 24/7 to keep their yards green.
You see that a lot. Residents always asked to conserve, and rates are being increased as maintenance of an older system increases. Essentially, it's "Use less, but we have to exact the fixed cost of support somehow." Just part of government,  Seems like government supports those with less to spend on said support, like getting federal funds for having your bratitos in school, yet not paying for competent teachers.


Here in weed central drilling companies will drill you a thermal borehole to the mantle if you've got cash, permits or not. Needless to say theres a lot of business for them. Tons of unmetered water for your um....koi pond in the middle of the forest.
 
2014-08-08 12:55:15 PM  

pacified: newsflash: shiat costs money to maintain.


And in these quasi-public companies there are shareholders looking to make money and that is a cost driver also.
 
2014-08-08 12:55:37 PM  
It's weird that a government entity would just do what they want and say what they want when they KNOW their customers have no recourse. So weird.
 
2014-08-08 12:56:45 PM  

palelizard: Utilities shouldn't be for-profit entities. Co-ops or city only, and I'm not enthusiastic about city.


Goddamn THIS.

Reminds me of all the f#cking idiots sobbing about how the post office "loses money every year."
 
2014-08-08 12:57:54 PM  

fanbladesaresharp: kling_klang_bed: Well, here's something that gives you an idea of how crooked the utility companies can be :
Back in IL, in I think 2007, Comed tried to pay the state government $5 billion to help catch up on it's bills (which is sorely needed there). The catch? The state would allow them to hike up rates another 15%. In an act that defies the very nature of IL politics, they told Comed to go fark themselves, regardless of the money.......... Fast forward one year: Comed begs and pleads with the state for $2 billion dollars for a smart grid (fancy way of them saying that their shiat is obsolete), and the steady climb in rates happened regardless, though not the Draconian 15% increase that they wanted.

Oh and they love to send out disconnection notices right before the November deadline, when they can't legally turn off your heat or power during the winter months. Same with the gas companies especially.

So does one pay the bare minimums and say "see ya next year"?


Yeah, but the minimums come with yet more fees and a pretty short time to pay it.
 
2014-08-08 12:58:00 PM  
Where I live the past two years we've had normal rainfall and the water co. put out a notice that they were going to raise rates because it rained too much and they didn't sell as much water.

/Because fark you, that's why.

//Fark *those* a-holes.
 
2014-08-08 12:58:07 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: Subtard the cost to maintain the infrastructure is not directly proportion to gallons/sec water pumped. I'd rather pay the higher fee and have water then force the utility company out of business. If you dislike paying for potable water out of the tap, Somalia awaits.


He said Somalia, everybody drink.
 
2014-08-08 12:58:10 PM  
Sounds like the assholes who want to install a mileage tax because of the lost gas tax revenue from increasingly fuel efficient regualar cars and hybrids.

Dnrtfa
 
2014-08-08 12:58:50 PM  

palelizard: Utilities shouldn't be for-profit entities


Neither should hospitals, schools of any kind, road paving and concrete services or data infrastructure. However, a slew of studies from several conservative think tanks have assured us that, should we socialize basic human services like the rest of the first world, Stalin and Khrushchev will rise from their coffins and start eating kittens, beating up old ladies and roasting puppies over burning American flags.  True story.
 
2014-08-08 12:59:00 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: Subtard the cost to maintain the infrastructure is not directly proportion to gallons/sec water pumped. I'd rather pay the higher fee and have water then force the utility company out of business. If you dislike paying for potable water out of the tap, Somalia awaits.


Gee itsnot like a group of folks could form a corporation and a new utility management co. With the already installed infrastructure. What, you think bears and possums would run it if the current people went out of business?
 
2014-08-08 12:59:13 PM  
All you complainers don't give me the water works. 
I bought that last go round and half of you owe me rent from Park Place.
 
2014-08-08 12:59:53 PM  
You can apply the same rule to the gas tax, tobacco tax, etc. The Government tells us they want everyone to drive electric cars and quit smoking, however, if everyone did, they would shiat themselves over the lost tax revenue.
 
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