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Comments made by annapinfb123

Water Rates Don't Flow From Usage

Thanks so much for highlighting the inconsistencies and absolute ridiculousness of the Rainbow Municipal Water District. My husband and I live in a 1500sq ft house, that is situated on about 3 acres of what used to be grapefruit groves. When we bought the house we cut all our trees down because our water bills were through the roof... it ended up saving us only around $50 a month. Our water bill is about $220 a month before we even turn on the tap. That's $220 in "maintenance" charges, and other operating fees. We have only one choice in the matter, and that is to have RMWD come out an put a reducer on our two inch main, for $600.00.

The thing that really irritates me is that when asked why the charges are so high on the two inch main that we inherited, we get the answer that we put an extra strain on the system and therefore we pay higher fees for the district to maintain their system... but how are we putting extra strain on the system if we barely use any water? Our water usage is well below the average for a single family household without 3 acres.

I know there are a lot of people in the Fallbrook/Rainbow area who are dealing with the same issue. We are an agricultural town but RMWD just doesn't seem to care that they're driving agriculture and business straight out of Fallbrook with this ridiculous pay structure. And the worst part is that a lot of people have cut down their groves and replanted with drought tolerant and native plants, to save water, and the environment, and yet are still seated with outrageous water bills every month.

April 10, 2011 at 9:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )