Comments on: As southern Maine’s drought deepens, homeowners with shallow dug wells get desperate http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:02:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 By: CleanupME http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-629658 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:56:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-629658 Actually you’re talking in riddles. Most water companies in Maine are private and charge their customers for the system and consumption. Taxpayers don’t pay for that.
Sewer systems are different. Many communities have user fees. However, part of the infrastructure costs are paid through the general fund because septic owners dump into the treatment plants when their tanks are pumped. PLUS all city buildings and schools are usually sewered and are used by ALL taxpayers.

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By: DL http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-629436 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:27:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-629436 Sure enough Poland Springs is still extracting our water without a
slowdown in towns like Denmark and Fryeburg. Our wells are drying up –
but just drive on by folks – nothing to see here! It is absolute lunacy
that the local politicians that welcomed them with open arms and do
nothing to curtail the extraction of our water when we have none. I
have 2 dry wells and I know of many others in the same situation –
thanks Poland Springs – just keep shipping our water out of state and
overseas – people in Maine don’t need water anyway.

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By: mghmaine http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-628671 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:28:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-628671 The water is free. I asked the Auburn Water & Sewer and they said it’s only charged if it goes out and delivered via their pipes.

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By: McKinleyME http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-628659 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:22:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-628659 Back in the early ’90s during a similar drought, my church’s dug well dried up. Looking back on it I wonder how that was possible. It was a very small church with just one Sunday morning service each week. Maybe a dozen toilet flushes per week at the very most, and a pitcher filled with water to make Kool-Aid for the Sunday School snacktime.

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By: Wanda http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-628164 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:45:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-628164 I live in Central Maine and my well went dry 2 weeks ago.Thank God i live in a small town were i can go to the corner store and fill up my 5 gal. jugs every other day from there hose to help me get through for now but when winter sets in not sure what i’m gonna do.Just hope for a good winter to refill the well in the spring. Thankful my kids are all grown and moved out so i have no little ones to worry about just me and my hubby. At least i have Heat and Electric so those are the main things for winter. As they say it could be worse

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By: blue__sun http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626835 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:25:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626835 when we have to stop paying for your roads, electric lines, telephone lines, cable lines and schools, when you stop working, shopping and eating in these cities, when you stop sending your kids to college to these towns, your brother stops sending his developmentaly disabled son to the city or your cousin in the boonies stops applying for unemployment when there’s only 5 jobs in the county then maybe somebody will think about foolish rants regarding bonding of sewer and water projects.

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By: Beverly Fox Martin http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626595 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:07:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626595 The story of my and Kathleen Marone’s lives these past four or five weeks.
Had water delivered.
Had new submersible pump installed. The old one burned out, struggling to retrieve a few drops of water from our 330 foot artesian well.
Still conserving, though…..
Until we are affected by significant rainfall over TIME.
Every well is unique.
I’ve learned a valuable lesson about never assuming Mother Nature will behave as you’d like when you’d like her to.
And thanks, Jack Antonich, for all your research, instruction, and diagramming.
And WATER.
NO company unless YOU BRING YOUR OWN WATER. LOL.

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By: Beverly Fox Martin http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626418 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:52:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626418 This has been the story of my and my daughter’s lives these past four or five weeks.
Had water delivered.
Had new submersible pump installed. The old one burned out, struggling to retrieve a few drops of water from our 330 foot artesian well.
Still conserving, though…..
Until we are affected by significant rainfall over TIME.
Every well is unique.
I’ve learned a valuable lesson about never assuming Mother Nature will behave as you’d like whenever you’d like her to.
And thanks to a fine friend for all his: research, instruction, and diagramming.
And WATER.
NO company can visit here unless they BRING THEIR OWN WATER. LOL.

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By: disqus_CClofiEAf7 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626397 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:40:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626397 Go on vacation to another town, and use their water? Go to the mall and refill a water bottle or use the bathroom? Seriously?

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By: Bob123098 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626340 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:12:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626340 Use a Public Toilet? Go to a restaurant where they utilize public water? A store where they use the water for cleaning, or food processing?

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By: MaineMod http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626274 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:50:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626274 Are they really getting the water for free? Or does the city charge them like they would charge someone on public water?

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By: MaineMod http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626262 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:48:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626262 Apples and oranges.

Society as a whole benefits from an educated population, so it is worth paying for even if you don’t have kids in the system.

This is different. There are no benefits except to the users of the services. Additionally, there is already a system in place to bill them. They just need to bill them more and take it off the backs of the people who do not have access to the system. The public water and sewer do not extend to my house; I have no access, why should I pay?

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By: Gary http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626205 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:25:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626205 And he blames out of state blacks.

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By: Sunny Side http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626199 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:23:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626199 People without kids still have to pay taxes to fund schools.

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By: oneshotwon http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626169 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:11:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626169 Don’t forget “murder guns”.

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By: Devonshade http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626166 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:10:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626166 I blame lepage.

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By: disqus_pg4x9vIG0w http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626157 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:07:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626157 They are selling water delivery service, nothing is stopping homeowners from filling up their own tanks for free and trucking it themselves.

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By: disqus_pg4x9vIG0w http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-626136 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:54:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-626136 what always struck me were the ladies in bikinis airbrushed on the backs of their trucks

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By: MaineMod http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-625707 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:23:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-625707 Rant on.

“… 44 percent of the state’s population uses private wells…”

ALL of these homeowners, farmers, and businesses must pay have have these wells drilled, get pumps installed, and for maintenance. Yet every single one of them must also pay — though their taxes — when Maine voters approve yet another bond issue like this one from 2012:

“Do you favor a $7,925,000 bond issue to be expended over 2 years for revolving loan funds for drinking water systems and for wastewater treatment facilities, which will make the State eligible to secure $39,625,000 in federal grants?”

That is just one example… these bond issues for public water and sewer systems come up almost every year.

People with private wells and septic systems get ZERO benefit from drinking water systems and wastewater treatment facilities. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Yet they are forced to pay for them through taxes when the city folk — the 56 percent on public systems — out-vote them on election day. These improvements should be funded solely by those who benefit from them — those on public water and sewer systems. It is outrageous that the 44 percent with private systems have to chip in when they do not stand to get any benefits whatsoever.

I have written my State Representative and State Senator about this, and neither has even offer the courtesy of a response, much less an explanation as to why they refuse to advocate for their constituents.

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By: mghmaine http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-625680 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:14:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-625680 What you’re selling is the water.

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By: mghmaine http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-625671 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:13:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-625671 It is more than reasonable for L-A, esp in times of drought, to conserve its water supply. That the article writes of a flood of bulk water requests to fill wells brings up the question of whether the municipal water supply should be considered a free resource for bulk water sellers. The truck says “here comes the water!” It’s the water you’re selling. If you sold wood chips the wood would not be free from a public resource.

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By: Breakneck http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-625533 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:48:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-625533 It isn’t the water. It’s the transportation. It’s the same reason that a lobster costs $5.99 a pound here in Maine and $30 out west.
I suppose anyone else can go to Lake Auburn and fill up a couple five gallon pails and ride home with them in the family auto if they want to do it themselves.

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By: Wayne Thorne http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-625512 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:45:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-625512 The trucks don’t run on water. The charge is for delivery.

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By: mghmaine http://www.pressherald.com/2016/09/28/as-drought-deepens-homeowners-with-shallow-dug-wells-get-desperate/comment-page-1/#comment-625395 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:25:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=1079689#comment-625395 It always struck me as strange that Splash Water Company of Turner sucks water for free from Lake Auburn and sells it.

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