We are on a private community water well that one of our neighbors owns. I think there are 8 or 9 homes on this well. About the only advantage of this is the fact that we have super cheap water. We have been paying $10 a month for over 20 years, but there are sure a lot of disadvantages and right now, after now going on our 16th hour without water, I'd jump at the chance to have city water and gladly pay for it!
The lady that owns the well drives me nuts. She is elderly and retired but always plays dumb about anything to do with well problems. She is supposed to take the monthly payments and put in an account just for well maintenance, but obviously she does not. The well seems to break down every few years, so here's my math: 9 homes x $10 a month is $1080 a year x 3 years between problems = $3240. The well runs on electricity, so when the power goes out, so does our water. Apparently, it would be too much to take some of the water payments and invest in a small generator. Currently, something in the pump is broken, since yesterday afternoon. She doesn't want to pay for an "emergency" call so told us she couldn't get someone out here until 5:30 Friday afternoon. My dh blew a cork (well he was nice to her on the phone, but still mad) and told her that isn't acceptable when she's responsible for 8 -9 families water. It will most likely need a part replaced and of course at 5:30 on a Friday afternoon, we'd be looking at Monday most likely to finally have water!
She then wanted to start complaining that $10 a month isn't enough. My dh told her that MANY times over the years HE has told her she needs to raise her rates. We'd be more than happy to pay $20 a month. I either pay our water every 6 months or 12 months in advance. One of our other neighbors pays yearly in advance. The rest of the neighbors, other than 2, are all related to her and none of them pay regularly. Our neighbor that pays yearly told her he wouldn't have a problem paying more either, but he's not going to pay more just because she can't get the others to pay her at all!
Supposedly, she did get the repair guy to come out late last night, but obviously he couldn't fix it and we have no water still. Honestly, if it wasn't for my dh bitching at her every time (seems to be every few years) something breaks on the well, she and her family would be totally content to go a week without water. None of them have jobs or school to get ready for. Her grandson's that live next door to her deal drugs all day.
Can you tell I'm in a grumpy mood?! Well, at least I had some water stored up in the cupboard and got my coffee this morning, even if I can't take a shower...