Some important information was left out of my letter to the editor, which was printed on July 20 and titled “No input sought on water hookup.”
I stated my cost to the plumber was $2,413.16. Not included in that cost was the removal of two interior walls and part of the ceiling in the basement to install the new water line. A new line was needed to get to the water to where it needed to hook into the water system in my house.
Materials will total more than $600, plus time; 1 day to tear down the walls; 1 day to install new lines; 2 to 3 days to redo the walls and ceiling. If I hired a professional, that would easily come to $3,700, on top of the plumber, for a total of $6,113.16.
Fortunately for me, I am able to do all that work myself. A lot of people are not able to do that, so they must hire professionals to do the work – more out-of-pocket expense to the well owners to comply with this unnecessary and cruel ordinance. A neighbor shared with me his cost to hook up to the city water; his final expense will come to about $2,738.51 when he finally hooks up the day prior to the deadline.
My plumber told me the average expense for his services to hook up comes to between $2,000 and $3,000. So for all 248 well owners to hook up could possibly cost $744,000 plus related expenses. Compliance could run to more than $1 million to the well owners.
Did the council members even consider the total expense to the citizens of Rock Falls?