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Forum topic by MrRon posted 03-03-2014 10:28 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2014 10:28 PM

I just spent over $2000 to replace the drainage field for my septic system. The county utility authority is now installing a sewer system and a water system. It is a mandatory tie-in that will cost me $45 a month. My well water doesn’t cost me and now the county will be charging me $15 a month for my water. To make matters worse, they will have to install a lift pump for my sewage due to the distance I am from the main conduit and I will have to pay for the electricity to run it. I moved here because I was well off the grid, but I guess not far enough.

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 10:46 PM

So much for getting away from the grip of the Nazi government.
I want to be off the grid when I move next year from the communist left coast of Mexifornia, (formerly Californnia).

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 10:48 PM

You aren’t grandfathered in?

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised these days, but I didn’t think they could mandate that. – outside of it being part of a building permit to meet a new code – but you could skate by on existing structure.

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 03:19 AM

I too would think you’d be grandfathered in on the existing structure, especially since you just installed a new drainage field. You could say you’re creating and selling fertilized dirt, if they’d like to bid on your fertilizer they are welcome to.

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 07:48 PM

I would be very happy to get sewer and water instead of my own well and septic field. For a total of $60 a month you are getting both. I would guess that for me with the cost of electricity to run the pump, the water softener for terrible water and the overall cost of the well, septic field and maintenance over the years, I would be money ahead and would not have to worry about the well going bad or the pump or the pressure switch.

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