Lake of Egypt Water District raises r...

Lake of Egypt Water District raises rates

There are 17 comments on the Southern Illinoisan story from Oct 17, 2008, titled Lake of Egypt Water District raises rates. In it, Southern Illinoisan reports that:

The Lake of Egypt Water District's water and sewer customers and towns that purchase water from the district will all see a substantial rate hike effective November 1. The water district board approved an ...

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Just Wondering

Milford, MA

#1 Oct 24, 2008
I heard that the water district had a 50 or 60 thousand dollar profit this last month. Not sure if that is accurate. I have also heard rumor that there may be some issues of mismanagement at the water district. I heard that the board may have been made aware of possible personal use of water district funds but they failed to act on it. I do not know for sure that any of this is true but you could chime in here if you have some information! Lets Share it.
Little Birdie

United States

#2 Nov 7, 2008
I heard they opted to install a bunch of main water lines that were too small in diameter, got caught by EPA and told to stop. Continued to do it and got caught again. Then the EPA made them re do it all right after they were already out the monies to contractors to do it wrong the first times. That apparently was a very costly series of mistakes for not doing things right (aka with the safety of their customers in mind) the first time.
Katrina

AOL

#3 Jan 22, 2009
I just wanted to know if anyone has any info on sewage pump rules. Our pump of twenty years old just broke. They are making us pay for the repair when we were told that the first pump replaced is on them then we are responsible for damages after that. They said that two wipes backed it up and caused the breakage. My family of four are already paying redicously high prices for sewage and water and now they are saying we will pay for the damages. Can anyone findout the rules for this. I was told at the meeting that the first is covered. A very disgruntled patron. Please email me at ktrgar@aol.com
10seventy9

Carrier Mills, IL

#4 Oct 23, 2009
They seem to make up their own rules with regard to where you can and can't run lines. My stepson used to work for Lick Creek water, and he ran a line for someone almost a mile back a right-of-way, yet I know someone who LOE water district would not let them run a line down a driveway/right of way that was owned by that person's uncle. LOE says state law is that you have to own the land your line is run across. I know for a fact that cannot be true, because how could someone with land locked land get water?
On top of that, their fees for installing meters are ridiculous. How can Lick Creek sell a meter for $800 that I was told they buy from LOE water district, when LOE water district sells that meter for $1,800? Can you say, GOUGING your customers?
If I ever use the land I own in Johnson County to build on, I will either drill a well or haul water in myself, I would NEVER give that water district a dime of my money.
Sally

Paducah, KY

#5 Nov 9, 2009
The water rates are high enough. I believe something illigal is going on at the water company. My bill has been over $100 for a year and I have complained many times. I am writing a complaint to John Bradley, Rep in Marion to see if he will start an investigation on the charges. It would help if everyone would send a complaint to get something investigated to see where the money is going.
lake loon

United States

#6 Jan 16, 2010
instead of gossiping,spreading rumors and generally whining and bitching,why dont you attend a board meeting and get the straight dope for yourself? yes,the rates have gone up,but so has the population and usage. more is more. call other water dists. and see what the rates are. loe rates are right in the ball park. you have options-dig a well.
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Severn, MD

#7 Jan 30, 2010
There is a hag who works in that office who is so rude i almost called the attorney general of Illinois for an investigation. She is so rediculously hateful and non forthcoming on info to potential customers. I think the office should be investigated from top to bottom. Something is not right when u feel as if u are dealing with the IRS and not a customer service person with a minimum wage job at best! I will never shop for their service again. They can keep their water!
lake loon

United States

#8 Feb 12, 2010
imagine having THAT much authority to almost call the AG to have an investigation called on a picky wink water district!!!! wow!!! that is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
10Seventy9

Anna, IL

#9 Feb 15, 2010
Lake Loon, the rates in fact are NOT in line with other locals. I live in Jonesboro and my water bill here has never been over 1/3 of what it was at my parents house. I have two kids, I do a crap load of laundry weekly, yet my bill is usually half of what my single friends on LOE water pay.... my water part of my city bill is usually less than 20 dollars. Anna's water is about the same as Jonesboro. LOE's water rates are out of control. I remember back when I was a kid and I grew up in Goreville, even in the '80's my parents' bill was usually over 50 dollars with just three of us in the house.....
lake loon

United States

#10 Feb 16, 2010
10 seventy 9, you most likely are correct on the water rates contained within city limits as opposed to a rural water district with many miles of lines to service and maintain.However, i still maintain that the rates are comparable with most water districts. As a former resident of Jonesboro for many years,i,too,can agree with the lower than normal cost of living there.One must remember that when the district was formed,the population and service area of the district was much smaller. And now,with the proliferation of transplants in and around the district,and with EPA regulations governing the operations coupled with unfunded mandates.it becomes difficult to maintain and operate a municipality operating as a special district in the eyes of the legal system. this district is NOT funded by any tax money or federal or state grants. It is funded by bonds and those who use the services of the district. To have water and sewer services in the rural setting is in my opinion,a privilege,even if it costs a bit more. I have more of a beef with a one hundred dollar a month satellite bill than i do to have clean clothes and have a hot shower every day.
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Ashburn, VA

#11 Feb 17, 2010
Let me tell you something "lake Loon" that you may not realize. I DID call the AG on more than one place of business that was suspected of illegal practices. One was fined 10,000.00 per day for every day they were guilty of the infraction. The other one is being investigated as i write this. You CAN call the AG if you can't be heard. I learned this fact years ago from an attorney i was consulting with about a labor distpute i had involving a job one of my children had. Sooooo, take that in your loony lake. Also, my friend who is on lake of egypt water complains of her water smelling like sewage all the time. Wonder what else is in that water that is soooo pricey??
lake loon

United States

#12 Feb 17, 2010
i am not posting here to have a war of words,few cents. it is obvious that in your world,you are right,and i am wrong.All i am trying to express is the mere facts, not whine and complain.I found it most interesting on the local news tonight that THREE,count them,THREE water and sewer districts are raising their rates,and one is curtailing city services due to budget shortfalls.i know for FACT, that the folks at the water district are doing the best with the funds available to them. i have used the water for over twenty years,and have had little to no problems with the service. It is your choice to use or not to use the water.I find it most interesting that you take issue with every business,and feel it necessary to call in the legal dogs to take care of your problems. this in and of itself takes funding away from upgrading businesses to pay for lawyers to step in and drag petty issues through the courts. If you dont like the business,dont patronize it. end of problem. i personally dont like the price of gas and the gouging associated with that industry,but what is the alternative? that is my two cents worth.
lake loon

United States

#13 Feb 17, 2010
If your bills are running high,try checking your toilets to see if they are running constantly,or seeping by. You would be astonished at the savings on your bill by changing out old,worn out toilet components. This has been my personal experience.
Lake resident

Nashville, IL

#14 Oct 4, 2010
lake loon wrote:
If your bills are running high,try checking your toilets to see if they are running constantly,or seeping by. You would be astonished at the savings on your bill by changing out old,worn out toilet components. This has been my personal experience.
I think this lake loon person must work in the water dist office or somthing of that sort.
Lake Living

United States

#15 Oct 4, 2010
I agree that LOE water rates are ridiculous. There is a $50 minimum bill whether you use water and sewer or not. We know this to be a fact because of property we owned at another location on the lake, we were hardly ever there but kept the water on just in case and $50 monthly was our bill, every month. Never in my life while living in town did my bill run over $35 at the most. We love living here and realize there is nothing we can do about these rates, but every resident out here is getting screwed over royally!!
Fisherman

United States

#16 Oct 6, 2010
Someone told me yesterday about this thread and a rate increase at Lake Egypt. Upon review this is a old thread from Nov. 2008. Thats the way with so many people like lake resident and lake living spreading rumors and not investigating for facts. Check post dates my friends!!!!!!!!!! Don't worry about responding it appears this is all rumor and I won't be back to review this anymore.
WTF

United States

#17 Aug 20, 2011
LAke of Egypt water is way too expensive!!!! I pay over $100 a month, every month...so sick of it!!!

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