We already paid $2,060 to the rural water association; this would have paid for the meter, and anything from the meter to our mobile home would be at our own expense. We were prepared for that. But when they informed us we'd have to hook onto a bigger line down by the highway, it was going to cost $1,139 IN ADDITION to what we'd already paid them. After all that, we'd have a monthly water bill of $35. (We've never had a water bill in our lives.)
Now this is getting pricey, fast. We started thinking about another option: use our well and get a water softener.
So I said, "Hey, Culligan man!"
Price of a water softener? $2,000. However, for $23 a month, we can rent one, with no commitment to stay with them for any extended period of time; and we can choose to buy the unit at any time. There is a one-time installation fee of $150.
There was the question of salt in our drinking water; Cliff, you know, has heart issues.
For another $18.50 per month, some sort of reverse osmosis thing will be put on our kitchen faucet, and that removes the sodium from the water. The salesman was very much up on this subject because he has problems with high blood pressure, and he can't drink ordinary softened water.
So here's how it stands: We get our $2,000 back from the rural water place and use it for something else. Then there's the $1,139 we were going to have to pay them in addition. We save that too. Instead of $35 monthly for rural water, we'll pay Culligan $47 a month (including tax) and spend under $8 for salt, which they will deliver. And it will cost far less to run a line from our well to the home than it would have to run a line from where they were going to put the meter.
Higher monthly bill, but we save thousands up front.
By the way, the man was shocked at how hard our water really is: 41 grains. That means very little to me, but maybe some of my readers will know how bad that is. He said the highest he's had in the last six months was 26 grains; 41 is unusually high. It isn't a health issue, but hard water can cause psoriasis (which Cliff has); and white clothes turn sort of yellow over time.