LUTHER, Iowa — In the small Boone County town of Luther, the number one problem — is number two.
“Yes, there’s sewage in people’s homes and when we had…we have storm water problems and when we fixed intakes and tiles there’s raw sewage coming up,” says Luther Town Clerk Linda Benson.
The town, with a population of 122, sits low and tends to flood. When that happens, sewer lines spill off into storm lines, causing the sewer lines to back up. Town leaders want to require all the homes in town to install water treatment systems at a cost of about $15,000 per unit. The town would borrow the money, and residents would be charged $80 per month. Neighbors aren’t happy about that.
“We’re already up over $50 a month without using one drop of water,” says resident Cindy Miller, “This project that we’re gonna do, you can clearly see it costing $200 a month whether you use water or not. Whose home is gonna have any value with a $200 water bill?”
Mayor Frank Duroy admits the council proposal will likely fail because of public outcry. “Right now I can see it not going anywhere,” he says, “(So) we’re at the mercy of whatever the DNR and the county wants to do.”
The town council plans to discuss the matter further Thursday at 7:00 p.m.