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Old 10-19-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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I'd be madder than hell also.
Woodmoor residents say water board all wet for buying ranch | vogrin, side, streets - SIDE STREETS - Colorado Springs Gazette, CO
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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This one line from the story tells the tale: "....Average residential water rates will increase $50 a month to pay for the ranch...."

That's on top of what they're already paying for water each month. This is just for the purchase of the land and water rights.

Then, it will cost $100M to build a pipeline from Fountain (elevation 5546) up to Woodmoor (elevation 7240), which is THREE times what the land costs and implies another $150/month to pay for just the pipeline.

The take-away for people considering moving to this area is to avoid Woodmoor, which, if these numbers are accurate, just became unaffordable (or at least very unattractive) to many potential buyers.

My water bill here on the far north end of COLO SPGS averages just $50/month, more in summer due to watering, less in winter.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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It's true that the aquifer is drying up, so you will be needing that water sooner or later. There will, no doubt, be additonal development in Woodmoor, and I thought this was an upper income area. You can't spend an additional $600 a year to secure the water rights? There will prolly be more households in the future to help pay for the pipeline. Don't you know water will be more valuable than oil?

And anyways, there probably will be federal assistance for the pipeline.

The Springs is looking at a doubling of the price of water for the Southern Delivery system.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:05 PM
 
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I live in Woodmoor and our water is cheaper at this point than it was in Ohio. We have natural prairie grass in our yard, so we don't water our lawn, so I'm not really worried.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:49 AM
 
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Don't you know water will be more valuable than oil?
Can you back that statement up?
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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You know what's kinda weird to me? Right now the Army's got us up in Washington state. It's a seriously liberal place. Colorado, from all I hear, is pretty darn conservative. You would think...that this would mean WA would tax the heck out of people and CO would not. The opposite kinda seems to be true though. There is no income tax in WA. And my water here (of course due mostly to geographical water feature differences...but administrative choices are always a factor)...you may not want to know...but I pay for water AND sewer, $35 or less every two months. I'm not trying to get people yelling about politics, nor am I saying where I personally stand...I'm just saying I think that's academically interesting. Maybe even a bit odd.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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Mark Twain quotations - Whiskey
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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You know, I wasn't very serious, but your palm/faceplant incited me to a quick search.

Water vs. Oil? - Professional Soldiers

Here Come the Water Wars at Oil Price

Water Wars

Water Wars Worldwide

WaterWars
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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Interesting history lessons but I did not find the arguments convincing. Perhaps because I am too tired to direct the full attention required to studying a claim that is so unique.

I do not expect that water will become more expensive here than oil--unless we make massive strides in alternative energy and dramatically reduce the restrictions on producing oil. The current system is in place because of the people it benefits. We have long since ceased to be a free economy.

How is the board elected, and how can the residents begin impeachment procedures? Clearly every person on this board who has voted in direct conflict with the citizens they have sworn to represent is unfitting of public office and deserves to be thrown out on their rear ends.
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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You know, I wasn't very serious, but your palm/faceplant incited me to a quick search.

Water vs. Oil? - Professional Soldiers

Here Come the Water Wars at Oil Price

Water Wars

Water Wars Worldwide

WaterWars
No worries...it's just that this statement has been going around for years and there is no factual evidence. Concern, yes...but nothing concrete that would show that water will be more expensive than oil.
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