Adventures with the city utilities department!

I live in what I like to refer to as the "ghetto" of Dubuque. It's a lower-income part of town, and it also happens to be where most of the African American population in the city lives. This probably means that calling it "the ghetto" is a little racist? Maybe I should take this in a completely different direction.


Right. I should probably connect this to that first paragraph.  So I live in a pretty low-income neighborhood. This has several advantages: it's close to downtown where interesting things are happening, the rent is cheap, and there is always a police officer within two blocks if I need one. (I don't know how this place has so much crime. There are SO MANY COPS!)

There are some downsides though. On Tuesday, I came home from work to discover that my water had been shut off. This evening it was back on again, but now the bill is in my name instead of the landlord paying it. It turns out that two of the units in the building have 3+ months worth of unpaid water bills.  The city policy is that if an account is delinquent long enough, it defaults to the landlord.

The landlord apparently didn't know this.

Turns out the city has another policy of turning off water to every unit in a building under the landlord's name if they shut off any of them. Yup. One of my neighbors didn't pay his bill for a quarter, so my water got shut off for three days.

I guess the moral of the story is... I have no idea what the moral is. I'm glad I have ready access to fresh water most of the time. That's pretty sweet. Let's hope this never happens again.

For the love of God, keep writing these artciels.

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