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Reclaimed water cost more than story said

© St. Petersburg Times
published April 7, 2002


Editor:

Your article of March 24 about reclaimed water did not tell the whole story of the cost of reclaimed water.

We live in The Eagles, and your article mentions an estimate of $290 per year for 20 years, in addition to $9 a month, or another $108 a year. In addition to these costs, we will have to pay a private contractor to connect our sprinkler system to the reclaimed water at streetside. Also , it is my understanding that every real property owner in the county pays a certain amount in real property taxes to fund the reclaimed water program, regardless of whether reclaimed water is available for use to that property.

We voted against reclaimed water because we do not think that a household of one or two people, as opposed to a golf course, will realize any savings by using reclaimed water. In fact, since we try to water our yard as little as possible, we actually think the program will cost us more per year and will encourage over-use of the water made available.

We pay approximately $1,000 a year for water use. I would estimate that 10 percent or less of this amount is for lawn watering. With reclaimed water, our bill will increase by about 40 percent per year. However, if we choose not to connect to the system, we still have to pay the approximately $290 per year for 20 years. Apparently a majority of residents in The Eagles petitioned the county for this service. However, we never received any information from the county stating this and we have never received any information from the county explaining the actual costs to each household.

If there are about 1077 homes in The Eagles, I would like to be assured that more than 538 households voted for this system, and I would like to receive information from the county that properly explains this service and its approximate total cost to each household.
-- Nick Glover, The Eagles

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