I would like to respond to the article from Ron Christensen dated Dec. 14.
First of all, as being a Pine resident for 15 years, I believe that Mr. Christensen is right in stating Brooke Utilities needs to make necessary upgrades to the water system. I know for a fact that there is a new water line down our road, it's been there for approximately five years -- why have they not connected it and abandoned the old line? We continue to have leaks wasting thousands and thousands of gallons of water. Yet, they required us to conserve water, maybe they should be fined for not making necessary upgrades and wasting the water.
Also stated in the article was that Portals 4, Solitude Trail, Solitude Pines and Strawberry Hollow have their own water system, so if they can find enough water for their communities why can't Brooke Utilities? Maybe because they need to dig new and deeper wells?
And, I'm sure that Brooke Utilities will tell you that they don't have the money to make upgrades and dig new wells, but half of the town is summer homes and they have to pay the minimum bill whether they use the water or not -- so where does that money go?
As for the commission, I have dealt with your office on several occasions due to water leaks on our road. I can tell you from experience that your employees are just there to answer the phone -- they could care less. I would like to know what you were thinking when you lifted the moratorium for Brooke Utilities to be able to install 25 new meters a month? How could they justify having enough water?
Last, I think that it first starts with Brooke Utilities, they are the ones who need to start making improvements to the water system and digging new wells.
I personally would not have a problem paying a higher water bill to make improvements, but I do have a problem with paying water bills that are all wet from leaks!
Karen A. Killen, Pine