Acquiring Country Farm Utilities

by David Schulze
Acquiring country farm utilities is much like trying to catch a greased chicken...This is from the summer of 2019, when we first moved to the farm.

This page is about acquiring country farm utilities. This was virgin utility land.  I thought it would be easy to get utilities added to the property.

So the first thing we decided to do was to go to the post office and find out what we needed to do. This was in Poteet, Texas. They told us that we needed to go to Pleasanton to get a 911 address. 

So we went to Pleasanton where we met with the 911 folks and got an address pending approval by TX Dot. She told us we had to go to Jourdanton to check with TX Dot.  We arrived there and were told that we are on the border and had to go to Hondo to see the TX Dot people there to see about getting a mail box put in and the easement for the driveway.  We did all of this and finally have an approved address, mailbox and easement.

Water Well, Pump and Pump House on David's Garden Seeds Mini Farm

Acquiring Country Farm Utilities

2019--One fine morning we decided to go and see what needed to be done to get the water hooked up since there was city water available. We are just a few miles from the water well and tower.

We had to go to Lyle to get a permit to hook up. While there, we found out that a hydro-static study had to be done first. We paid $100 and were told in about two weeks we would hear from the engineer. 

We heard from the engineer in about two weeks.  We went and applied for the permit and were told it would take about three weeks to get a water meter.  This was not good since we had to be out of our home in two weeks.  So I had to purchase a water tank, pump, and buy a truck of water to get it filled up.  To my surprise, there were no water filling companies around us. Finally found a company out of Houston.  It cost me $1300 to fill up a 2500 gallon tank.

We also decided to set up our pool. It cost us $800 for the pool to be filled.  But it was hot and we needed a way to cool down.  I also set up a portable shower.  We had to get a port-a-john since we had no toilet facility.

Just when we thought the water should be hooked up, we received a call from the company handling this to say that we needed to fill out another form.  The office girl had not given the right forms to fill out,  Another three weeks delay.  Finally the water was hooked up.

Everything went according to plan for the septic tank. Acquiring country farm utilities is not easy so we were surprised we got a septic hookup so easily. We did have to wait several weeks for the permit to go through.

Electricity is provided by Karnes Electric which is located in Karnes City, Texas. I was able to call and set up an appointment for an engineer to come out and mark off where the poles would go and so on. This took three weeks to get an appointment. It took another 2 weeks to get an estimate from him. This was done in August. The guy said it would take an additional 16 weeks before they would hook us up with power, that is, if there are no storms or other disasters that keep them from hooking us up.  And we had to put down a payment of over $3000 with the electric company before we could be placed in line to get electricity. We finally got electricity a few weeks early, in November!

The trash company has done a great job.  They pick up once a week and cost us about $129 a month.

Also there was a trash dump at the back of the property, made by the previous owner. It went down deep, much deeper than we ever dreamed. It was filled with all kinds of stuff. We had a 12 yard dumpster dropped off to haul this stuff away.  After several loads we decided to burn it.  It burned for three days and was still burning when we had a bulldozer cover it up.

If you ever decide to move to the country, you have been warned that acquiring country farm utilities is expensive and take a long time to get. For a lot more details, see Mrs. David's Garden Seeds® blog. Juanita goes through each day, detail by detail starting with the day we bought the land, 7/30/2019.

(Below is a picture of the roll off needed to do some land cleaning and a port-a-jon used for other types of cleaning--if you know what I mean. I had a port-a-jon ((called a refrigerator by those of us in the military)) delivered since there were no restrooms for miles around.)

Our first giant dumpster to clean off the land along with our outhouse that we used from the end of July until the middle of September when we were allowed to move into our home.