I want to advise homeowners of the dictatorial policies of the Johnson City Water and Sewer Department. Last month, a letter was sent to 81 homes informing them that the city was going to increase water pressure by 35 pounds. The city said it would improve flow capabilities.
I do not have a problem. The city recorded 80 PSI (pounds per square inch) at my meter. I have a PRV (pressure reducing valve) to my PSI.
The letter from the city says the cost of installing such PRVs is placed on the homeowner with “no discussion.” The letters says if a homeowner needs a PRV, he should contact a plumber. If you have a PRV that needs to be adjusted to a lower PSI, you should contact a plumber — unless you are comfortable with doing it all yourself.
I am a mechanical engineer, but how many people even know what a reducing valve looks like, let alone how to install or adjust one? The cost to do this will range from $75 to $250 for each homeowner to improve the city’s flow problem. (And I view this as the city’s problem since it is the city’s water system.)
It’s clear the city couldn’t care less. This unexpected expense could hurt some people. What a nice Christmas present.
If there was a prior flow problem, it has taken years to identify it. I have been in our house for 14 years. It’s unreal. What is next?
My existing PRV could not handle the pressure, so it cost me $170 to replace. Thank you Johnson City.