Rescue Union School District Solves Water Bill Problem
Christmas came early for Rescue Union School District this month after utility tech Jeremy Cooper’s good detective work recouped upwards of $83,000 for the district.
For years district officials wondered why Pleasant Grove Middle School had larger water bills than the district’s other six campuses. Was there constant running water, or perhaps faulty sprinklers there? Jeremy Cooper, one of two district utility techs who manage the grounds of all the district’s schools, wouldn’t give up searching for the answer until he single handedly solved it — the district had been inadvertently overcharged by El Dorado Irrigation District since Pleasant Grove was built eight years ago.
While all the other schools had been paying the less expensive “turf rate” to water their fields, etc., Pleasant Grove had been under the “commercial rate” category until late this summer, paying twice as much the whole time. It took unearthing documents and lots of phone calls to figure it out.
“This was to no one’s fault except ...