‘It’ hits the fan...
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Recently, when I was reading The Times-Independent, I learned something dreadful. The sewage fee for residential users in Moab and Spanish Valley is going up by 5 to 10 percent!

The article expounded on a couple of factors. The first has been the rise of water-efficient appliances; the second is the increase of people using the system and clogging it up.

I thought about complaining about the rate increase but wondered if I would just look silly because I use my waste disposal system in both regular and emergency situations. It truly is a luxury that I often ignore but really appreciate having.

I remember back in the day when our family had an outhouse. Running to use it in the dead of winter was not fun, nor was the smell very appealing in summer or winter. My father was a practical man. He expanded the outhouse and stored his tools in it. Needless to say, we never had any of our property stolen, and when he finally put in a septic system and we no longer had to use the outhouse, except for when we needed to use a certain tool, it was very appreciated.

Practical solutions also went through my mind as I thought about how to reduce the cost for users here in Moab. Having people flush twice so it gets to its proper destination might work, but then we would be using more water. Having a special “flush your toilet day” also doesn’t seem very practical either as having “it” come all at once like our hundred-year flood could have disastrous consequences.

I guess it’s true what they say when it comes to using water efficient appliances. Less is more. The cost of maintaining and supporting our waste disposal infrastructure is going up, which means more money is going to be flushed out of my pocketbook.

Still, it’s better than using an outhouse.

—Kelly M. Green


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