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Regulation overreach?

January 11, 2017
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

An innocent call to Sanibel Water to inquire about the cost of refiling my pool, which needed resurfacing, as opposed to using my perfect (tested) 45 year old well water resulted in a same day surreptitious inspection by the same, plus a red notice stating that I must install this backflow device within 30 days. They acknowledge that my well for irrigation and the house city water systems are entirely separate. Doesn't matter. These cost $900 to install according to Sanibel Plumbing and have an 80 percent failure rate within five years. You pay for the repairs or replacement. Other Florida locations are not making this onerous requirement on its residents, but installing their own far less expensive backflow device on their own right of way. The ones we are required to install, above ground and close to the road, allow any terrorist, or disgruntled neighbor to poison the city water within five minutes, prime targets for metal thieves, and unsightly. Cap your well and use city water for irrigation is their reply if you complain. Am I the only resident who feels these city water backflow preventers are dangerous, exorbitantly expensive, and smell like regulation overreach?

Christine Wright




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