Posted by: Cindy | August 24, 2008

The Three Acres

This is what our kids call our land–The Three Acres.  We had a lot of dreams for our little place but we really haven’t done much with it in the 4 years we’ve lived here.  I’ve grown my little garden and Patrick has tended the orchard.  The chickens and children have had a lot of room to roam.  Up until now flood irrigation was our only watering option, which we never figured out how to utilize.  We were looking forward to the city-wide pressurized irrigation system that they’ve begun installing this summer and have plans to complete next summer.  However, we recently discovered the new system isn’t to our advantage.  Under the new water program our expected water bill will be nearly $3000 a year!  We bought this property without water rights.  This isn’t all that unusual in Utah.  It was never supposed to be much of a problem since in the past water shares could be rented from the city for $20/year.  But, with the new system, they are doing away with water share rentals.  We can opt out of the new irrigation program but then our culinary water bill will jump from $288/year to more than $1200 and then our acreage will have to sit dry.

I’m just not sure what I’m supposed to do.  I’ve talked to the city and they said that the new program helps almost everyone, but we were one of the few who would be hurt by it.  They blamed new construction and growth.  Ugh.  So why can’t they charge new developements more for water meters?  Why hurt us?  Our house is more than 30 years old and is located centrally in the city.  We were here first.  I could have, for the same price, bought a McMansion sprawling out over what once was farmland but felt like this was a better choice.  Apparently I was wrong.  I’m afraid this will make our land less valuable with a $200/month water bill.  If we had an extra $50,000 it might make sense to buy water shares.  The woman I talked to at the city said we should just subdivide.  Honestly, I would at this point if we weren’t landlocked. . . oh, and if the real estate market wasn’t shot to hell.

I think we need to abandon The West and try homesteading further east where water is more plentiful.  I do fantasize about subdividing and walking away with enough money to pay cash for a 40 acre homestead where it rains once in a while.  Maybe eventually the stars will align for us.  For now I will be happy here.  We do like our little piece of land.  Here are some pictures:

Pat in our field

Pat in our field

Great old apple tree in our woods

Great old apple tree in our woods

Alice and Sadie in the woods

Alice and Sadie in the woods

Wild blackberries in the woods

Wild blackberries in the woods

Wild roses (someday I will turn these rosehips into jam)

Wild roses (someday I will turn these rosehips into jam)

Chicken coop and woods from the orchard

View of chicken coop and woods from the orchard

View of Utah Lake and West Mountains from our garden

View of Utah Lake and West Mountains from our garden

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Responses

  1. That’s a real bummer! I’m with you on the moving though.

    Alice looks so much older than Violet and Sadie is so cute with her short hair.

    We miss you guys!

  2. That is crazy about the water system. I would not be happy with that! I love ALL your land though, great for growing your own things. Has your mom made it up there yet?? I too love Sadie with short hair.


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