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Monday, January 28, 2013

Pocomoke Residents Outraged At Water Bills


Pocomoke residents are in a state of shock after receiving their latest water bill with figures of between 500 to 2000 dollars. The town has told residents the bills are accurate

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

How many of these folks will soon try to drill a well?

Anonymous said...

Better start turning the water off when you brush your teeth

Anonymous said...

Could it be an undetected leak? How many residents has this affected?

Anonymous said...

And the water there is not even drinkable!

Anonymous said...

If the town needs the money, that's not much to pay. Stop being so cheap!

Anonymous said...

The most I've ever paid in Sby is $120 per quarter,and that includes trash pickup.

Anonymous said...

We better find out who handles the "water money" and the bills. Maybe this individual has acquired some expensive habits!

Anonymous said...

if residents dont like it, they can move. either that, or go drink from the river.

Anonymous said...

LOL 2:37 Sounds like something his royal highness, delegate mikey poo, would say. Does he get his water for free as a kickback?

Anonymous said...

Where I used to live we had an outrageous water bill once and we called about it and the city said it was accurate though did reflect an unusually large amount water being used. We did some snooping and turns out our neighbor was using our hose in the middle of the night to water his friggin fig trees he had planted bordering our property. He would sneak out when he saw our lights go out around 10 or 11 pm and put on a sprinker and then get up before we did around 6am and shut it off and put our hose back.

Anonymous said...

I have been paying over $200 quarterly for years in Fruitland,

Anonymous said...

My water bill in Fruitland went down 50 dollars last quarter. I called and asked if it was a mistake and was told no, that they had restructured their rate system. Might want to check yours 4:45, chances are it went down.

Anonymous said...

Get ready for that to change. They have to pay for a new WWTP and the money aint fallin' from the sky. It is coming from your wallet.

Anonymous said...

How about some facts JT? Was this an across the board increase or is it a person or two that had a leak and didn't fix it? Eveyone else shouldn't have to make up for a few people that can't take care of their plubming and has a leak and is too lazy to fix it.

Anonymous said...

I love Pocomoke.. such a nice place.. ya'll know where I can get sum dem der crabs???

Anonymous said...

Now you know this is a crock. No one gets a $2000 water bill unless of course it's added up due to nonpayment. Curious to know if this particular complainer didn't just recently became a non property owner in Pocomoke and this is a final bill which reflects many unpaid water bills?

Anonymous said...

Pay up or go drink the black river water!

Anonymous said...

@2:37 I bet they can't move since property values in P city have dropped so much cause of all the slum lords.

Anonymous said...

Pocomoke has horrible water-it stains the plumbing fixtures and comes out of the tap discolored.

Anonymous said...

I got two baffrooms and a breakfast nook in my house and my water bill is come in at $1296. I does have a teenager thou.

Anonymous said...

8:25 Where have you been? Over 45 residential properties (single family homes) have sold in the 21851 postal code the past year. Many in the $200,000 range and a few over this figure. Pocomoke pretty much held it's own during the drop because they didn't experience much of a boom to begin with. The only homes that either aren't selling or are selling below value are those that the owners let go to hell, so they have no one to blame but themselves. There was one particular well kept home on Market that I was keeping an eye on that sold for not only above asking price due to alot of interest but also above assessed value.

Anonymous said...

So 7:49 AM, A $500.a month or quarter is not asking to much to have running water at your finger tips.

Anonymous said...

$200,000, 7:49 AM, Where are people getting the money to pay for a $200,000 home? These people must be receiving Fed/state subsidy check or unemployment checks. Most jobs around here are minimum wage. Not that long ago got indoor toilets.

Anonymous said...

7:49 -
The 21851 postal code includes LOTS of property not in the Pocomoke city limits. And there was also a beautiful house on Market Street that never sold (belonged to a teacher) because no one wanted to live that close to Crackville. I looked at the house and loved it, but the owner even said she was afraid to live there.

Anonymous said...

2:37...you must not be from or ever lived in or visited anyone in Pocomoke..cause they are already drinking river water..they just pay for it...the water in Pocomoke is the worst I've seen ever!!! I wouldn't even mind paying for the water if it was suitable for drinking but for what we are getting give me a break!!! I want a new Water Dept staff...guys you need to come to Fruitland and let those guys teach you what real water quality is because unfortuanately we don't have staff in that department that does know what quality is!!!! We have a new treatment center so there's no reason why we should have water you can't even drink...NO REASON at all!!

Anonymous said...

9:49 a quick perusal on MD assessement website will show you that just about every one of the houses sold in that postal code were in fact withing the city limits of Pocomoke.
I don't know what Market St house you are talking about but I know of another beautiful house on 2nd that sold for just under $200,000 so they are selling and for decent but not unrealistically high prices.

Anonymous said...

That old saying must be true! A fool and his money will soon part.

Anonymous said...

apparently there are alot of those astronomically high bills that have been issued in that town. One fella, with his house for sale, vacant since November, no leaks, got a bill for over $300.

strange.

Disgruntled said...

For all you naysayers our average bill in the past five years is never higher than $75. Then we get a bill for almost $500 and the town says they checked for it for accuracy. Also check the paper town is hiring a water meter reader, really?

Anonymous said...

I am a recipient of one of the said bills and I assure you it is not due to unpaid bills. The bill came in the mail without saying how far back the problem was, only that they think the current bill is accurate. No explanations only that they believe the meter had been read wrong for quit some time. Can't seem to get any more info than that and no response when calling the town. It is insane!

Anonymous said...

Under McDermott's reign didn't Pocomoke win an award for "the best tasting water in MD"?

that sample musta come from Fruitland.

Anonymous said...

you owe it pay it. your lucky you don't have interest charges on top of that.

Anonymous said...

Old meters read low....if the meter was replaced recently, you are now paying what you should have.

Anonymous said...

Blake must be writing some of these rebuttals telling people its normal to have $1000 water bills.

Anonymous said...

Why don't one of those complaining about their bill black out their personal information and send a copy to JT so that we can see what you are talking about. The consumption, any late fees etc..

Anonymous said...

I have seen tapes of villages in foreign lands, of one well in the center of town. People carried containers of water home. And listen to you all crying about a little water bill. You all are a bunch. You should be thanking the man above for your good luck and good fortune.

Anonymous said...

Well, I have a feeling there's more to the story then what they are saying...where there is smoke there is fire....

Anonymous said...

Well, I have a feeling there's more to the story then what they are saying...where there is smoke there is fire....

Anonymous said...

Here's the followup to this story.

Amended water bills were issued by the Town which basically reflected the average usage for that month.

Pretty stand up manuever by the town realizing that the problem was on their end and making it right.