Kevin and Laura McCarter have been awash in good news of late.
While the best news remains the agreement with Post Rock Rural Water District to extend a water line to their house, they’ve also received other top-notch news.
• The cost to extend a water line is expected to be lower, not higher, than estimates made just a few months ago.
• Their attorney, Greg Schwartz, has decided to reduce their bill.
On top of that, they’re the subject of an online Gofundme.com campaign aimed at raising $50,000 to pay the costs they’ve incurred along the way to finding clean water. They greet it with mixed reaction, however.
They’ve been able to nix similar campaigns in the past, but they recently were told by family and a friend that such an effort would be launched.
Kevin McCarter said he recently was told of the creation of the campaign and was provided with copies of the information to accompany it.
McCarter said he and his wife have argued against anything like that, suggesting instead there are other bigger issues that need to be addressed.
“Laura and I said from the start that we just wanted the opportunity to get water,” he said.
The McCarters have been working for the past 10 months, trying to get a clean supply of water to replace what has become a polluted private well.
It’s still unclear what polluted the water drawn from wells just yards from their restored 112-year-old limestone house that long served as the headquarters for what was known as the Dreiling Dairy Farm.
But as they sought the water, they were rebuffed, first by Post Rock and then by the city of Victoria, which in September, didn’t move forward with a motion to annex the McCarter property into the city, and agree to extend city water lines — at the McCarters’ expense — 1,700 feet to the east of the city limits.
Just as the Victoria City Council was set to reconvene last week, the McCarters learned the board of Post Rock, based in Ellsworth, had decided to move ahead and offer to provide water. The line extension, thought to be about a mile and a half, also must be paid for by the McCarters, who initially said the cost likely would be in excess of the original estimate of $40,000.
On Monday, Kevin McCarter said the estimate actually dropped to approximately $32,000.
“It’s even less, too,” he said of the estimate.
“He knocked our bill down to a fraction of what it could have been,” McCarter said of their attorney reducing his bill. “All that happened within a day of each other.”
Throughout it all, he said, their goal has been to simply get clean water.
“It was definitely not our idea at all,” McCarter said of the Gofundme.com campaign. “We’re not expecting anybody to pay for this.”
But, he said, it’s been amazing the support they’ve received, not just from the promise of nearly $1,500 on gofundme.com, but the support they’ve received during the past 10 months.
“We were blown away by it,” he said. “It’s seriously hard for either of us to wrap our heads around it.
“It’s amazing how generous people are.”
People have offered their support in other ways, he said, in a telephone conversation from the Kansas City area with The Hays Daily News.
“We took a shower in Kansas City this morning,” he said Monday. “Both of us said this is pretty nice. We both kind of forgot what it was like.”
• Details on donating can be found at www.gofundme.com/j96uxbz8.