Bathing costly for some

Simple solution would cost only $2.50 per house, says resident

Mark Fettback lives in the 5200 block of 219 A Street, a cul de sac of eight high-end homes built two years ago.

When someone in the Fettback home, or any of six others in the cul de sac, runs a bath with 80 gallons of water, it will fill faster than the eighth home.

And cost significantly more.

What sets Fettback’s house and the six others part is the size of the water pipe running from the street to their houses. The standard is a one inch pipe. Theirs is a 1.25 inch pipe, while the eighth property had an existing one inch pipe in place when the house was constructed.

The only difference it makes, Fettback explained to Township council in July, is that the wider pipe fills up the tub faster.

But residents are paying for the inequity.

Fettback’s house, and the six other houses with the larger diameter water pipe, pay about $1,800 a year for water.

These seven houses are all on water meters, Fettback advised council. The eighth house, which Fettback said is the largest, pays $400 a year.

“We just want to be equal with Murrayville,” he said, adding that the seven houses in the cul de sac are among only 43 in the Township that have water meters.

He offered a solution: a $2.50 reducer for each of the seven houses.

“We do not use more water than our other Murrayville neighbours. We just have a quarter-inch larger pipe.

“We agree this is not needed, but who made the mistake?” he asked council.

Council asked staff to compile a report for when Township meetings resume after the summer break in September.