Northwest NEWS

June 8, 1998

Editorial

Without water their property is worthless

I must take issue with several points from the June 1 article about Duvall's artesian well. First, the writer noted that the meeting was sparsely attended. The meeting was originally scheduled for May 27 and then moved forward to May 26. I showed up on May 27 to find that it had been changed.
  
   Second, the mayor of Duvall is quoted as stating that the city must lose its water rights permanently if a well-users' co-op is to relieve the city of its liability. What's wrong with a long-term lease to a co-op? Great Britain leased Hong Kong; why can't we lease one well?
  
   Third, the Taylor well was deeded to the people, not the City of Duvall. It has been used for decades, and as a result, this area has many properties that rely on it. Most of these property owners have made every effort and have gone to a lot of expense trying to meet their own needs, but wells are simply unreliable in many places. Geologists have confirmed that there are no aquifers here.
  
   Fourth, the writer states that the cost to hook up to the water district is about $12,000 per household. That was the case for one group of people. Many of us live several miles from the main pipeline, and the expense would be much greater. If our neighbors don't want to hook up, we simply cannot do it. Getting a water line requires a petition signed by the majority of property owners along the proposed line.
  
   The City of Duvall intends to deprive many families of life's most basic necessity. We have mortgages and we can't afford to move. Without water, our property becomes worthless, so we can't sell. How do the Duvall officials plan to sleep at night?
   Julia Hossack, Duvall