Mark Colbert: City ignored leaky meter; lawn ruined

08/14/2014 4:12 PM

08/15/2014 12:13 AM

My children live in a gated community just southwest of Highway 99 and the Applegate Road overpass. Approximately two months ago, their water meter began leaking; now their front yard has become a swamp. Despite having called the city of Atwater three times, the leak continued and water flooded the lawn and ran into the gutter for more than 60 days. When my son called the city and asked if he could repair the leak, he was told not to touch it or he would be ticketed for tampering with the meter.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons of precious water have been wasted because the city of Atwater doesn’t think we have a water shortage. If we use too much water, they will not hesitate to fine us. If it’s their problem, they seemingly couldn’t care less.

I made two calls to the city and was treated rudely and unprofessionally by the woman who answered the phone. It was not until I got a bit upset that the leak was finally repaired. They took their revenge out on my kid’s lawn, though. The repair was ugly and a section of the lawn destroyed. The city of Atwater certainly got the last laugh.

Mark Colbert, Atwater

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