With record droughts and water shortages throughout Down County the price of drinkable water has tripled over the last month. But if you can set aside your pride (and health) there is a low cost alternative.
Yee’s number five son, Knowe How Sell Yee (shown above) is bottling water straight from Tanwater Lake. And he’s selling the liquid for only a buck.
Even so, the water, which Yee characterizes as “almost same artisan well water,” has health officials concerned. Flubug Water Commisioner Bunky Fowler, who recently added a 12,000 sq ft addition to his Downslope Estate McMansion, gave a wary endorsement. “I know we’ve all been taught not to drink from the lake. But hey, if something’s scarce you pay more for it, right? That’s Capitalism 101. If you want to pay ten bucks a bottle for water, go for it. Yee’s just offering a choice in an economic downturn. I say pick your poison!”
But the CDC is less supportive. In a statement issued Friday the agency stated flatly: “Tanwater Lake was declared a Superfund cleanup site in 1992. The county kept the Environment Extortion Agency at bay by promising to clean the lake themselves. Yet in twenty years their only response has been to raise property taxes and sue every business in sight. Given that ten swimmers, eight campers and a dozen dogs have died through contact with the lake, we consider any scheme to distribute its water commercially to be the height of recklessness.”
Yet despite the CDC’s hyperbole (they also claimed stagnant water in Flubug’s reservoir would provide a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes) the vending machines have been distributed to a dozen locations. And more are on the way.
If nothing else, the young Yee’s entrepreneurial spirit proves the old Flubug adage: “You can’t keep a good Yee down!” And given the current record-breaking drought, who would want to?