Americana: Is This Drip Necessary?

When the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority opened its new $10 million water-treatment plant at Key West last January, customers were moist with expectation. At last, Diane and William Radloff of Key Largo would be able to take a long, forceful shower. At last, Edison Archer of Plantation Key would be able to get a good glass of water in a hurry. At last, toilets up and down the Keys would flush properly. And all this for a mere doubling of monthly water bills. Or so everyone thought. In December, before the plant opened, the Radloffs had paid $14.84 for a month's...

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