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Water Company’s “Change” Fee


I called the water company to change the account from Steve’s name to my name.  The customer service rep was so pleasant and it was all going smoothly until she tells me that there will be a $72 charge for a name change on the account.  I’m sure there are a whole host of reasons the water company people could come up with about the why behind that fee but, I’m sorry, I just wouldn’t accept the charge.  It’s dumb.  I spent entirely too much time and energy being passed from rep to rep and this is what they assume people won’t do—take the time to object.  I almost joined the masses and threw in the towel but I stuck with it until they acquiesced.  Give me a break.  I have a prior, recent excellent record with this water company that they can readily access so it isn’t as though I’m paying for any sort of risk I might be to them.  I think this was just one of those days that having to screw around with all of this stupid sh*t set me off.  I guess it was bound to happen and better with a complete stranger than taking it out on loved ones.  🙂

To address a couple of comments–yes, a divorce in Texas can happen pretty darn fast!  It just has to be on file for 60 days.  We don’t have “legal separations” here so this time period that we are currently in would be our version of a legal separation.  I also chuckled with the comment someone made about not having to pay a lawyer–yes, that is a HUGE benefit!  He filed the lawsuit pro se (acting as his own attorney) but I am glad that I simply know the ins and outs of the litigation process in this county.  Knowledge is power and knowing who to call, what to do and how to do it certainly reduces my stress level.

Now if only the $*!&^% water company hadn’t gotten in my way today, I think I would’ve continued on with my smooth sailing!  😉

When saving… isn’t.


Southern California residents have suffered through some pretty hefty water rate hikes. It seems like every bill has a brand spanking new price tag.

Residents in our area are often sent letters asking to reduce water use. Thanks to ‘Navy showers’, reduction in roommates, and landscaping akin to the dust bowl, we personally cut our water usage by 50%. According to water company reports, our fellow residents cut their water usage by nearly 10%.

I received a letter titled ‘Water Rate Increase’ with my bill. The water company is raising rates in part because of… get this…

Lower water sales.

Um. Didn’t you ask me to stop using water? And now I have to pay more because I actually stopped using it?

Our 50% reduction in water usage resulted in… a bill that was 5.5% less than last month’s.

Striking oil in California won’t make you rich – but striking water just might.

It’s times like these that you just have to laugh.