Water is essential. In my life time I have known kin folk who took their water from a cool spring. I have also dropped the bucket into a well and raised a cool bucket full from a hand dug well.
We have had well pumps and used water from a machine dug well, both 6” and 2” holes. Most of the time our water has been city water. I have never had a complaint about water service (except the well pumps when they acted up, they seemed to be touchy at times).
I am smiling now thinking of my friend H. Jack Darnell from Coker Creek, Tennessee. Old Jack is also an author and types his books ‘Appalachian Tales’ on a manual Royal Typewriter. He still gets his water from a beautiful spring and has no electricity in his home. The some home he was born in over 70 years ago.
Now back to the city water. Our new home in Deltona, Florida has city water. When we are away the bill is less of course. So this month the bill was in the $30 range. It is deducted monthly so I seldom pay attention to the bill. Today I looked.
There is a note on the back on the bill in fine CAPITOL print.
“FAILURE TO RECEIVE THIS BILL DOES NOT RELIEVE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PAY THE FULL AMOUNT ON THE REVERSE SIDE ON TIME.”
I like to think I am a logical person, if I don’t get this bill how can I read this note?
Anyway that is not the kicker. The bill was like $30 but the amount due if late is $101.00! WHAT? We have had water service in at least 15-20 different towns and addresses, WE always pay on time, but remember the late fees listed were as I remember, like $5, but 3 times the regular bill? WOW
Am I behind the times? Is that normal now?
1955 Ford with a matching Shasta Trailer.