Comment of the Day: Your City Bureaucracy at Work

We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

We wrote about how the long drought is making it difficult to find a foundation company available to do work, and how hard the city of Houston makes the process of exempting sprinkler systems and hoses from sewage fees.

One of our readers related a personal tale of bureaucratic woe on the latter subject.

Raindead wrote:

The City of Houston seems to make getting a separate water meter installed near impossible. After paying $300 in sewer fees one month for lawn water, I decided that when my water bill is larger than my electric bill, I needed to do something. If you call the City, you get an answering machine and NEVER a call back despite repeated messages. You may send email, which will not be returned either. The City website of approved contractors states: THIS LIST SHALL BE REVISED EVERY THIRTY (30) DAYS, REVISED: 12/02/2006. Your tax dollars at work people. After calling every plumber's number on the 2006 list, I either got a FAX number, wrong number, out of business, or the plumber does not do this work due to liability concerns and increased liability insurance rates for tapping into city water mains. I feel like I live in a third world country where my City government is inept and not meeting its obligations to its citizenry. At this point, I figure it is less expensive to just let my lawn die and replace it after the drought.

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