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PROBE: June 19, 2001

June 19, 2001

QUESTION: I have been an Imperial Irrigation District customer for 11 years. In January I moved. My closing bill was $63.62.

On May 30 I got a letter saying my account would be delinquent in the amount of $360.32 and if I didn't pay it by June 13, my service would be disconnected.

I called IID. The credit department said I could make payments of $60 a month. I can't make $60 payments on top of my monthly electric bills.

I am disabled. My daughter and I live on Supplemental Security Income. When I pay the bills and buy food, I have $11 left for everything else.


IID said I owe the money because the meter reader couldn't see the meter and estimated the use. Why did it take IID six months to decide it had underestimated my use?

I collected a history of my account for the year ending in January. You will see my account never exceeded $60, even when IID read the meter. You also will see that I always paid my bill, never leaving an unpaid balance. Help! — Soaked, El Centro

Talk to Sherry in IID's credit department. She promised to work out a better deal than the one she previously offered.

However, we agree IID is pushing things when it hits a consumer with a $300 charge for a product allegedly used up to a year earlier — and with no proof the product had been delivered or used.

We don't know of any other vendor who would get away with that.

QUESTION: In light of the recent news item about salmonella-related deaths from contaminated melons imported from Mexico, I am curious. How many tests for microbes have been done on melons grown in Imperial County this season? — Melon Muncher, Brawley

None. Miguel Monroy, county assistant agricultural commissioner, says Valley melons were once tested to detect pesticide residue but no more. The pesticide in question is no longer used.

Monroy said food experts suggest washing all fruits and vegetables before you cut them to serve raw.

Years ago a salmonella outbreak was traced to a restaurant salad bar and then to the imported melons.

That came as a shock because melons do not normally harbor food pathogens. Normally healthy microbes prefer foods with more calories.

The melons were tracked to Mexico — and investigators learned the melons had been shipped in a dirty truck that had carried live swine on an earlier trip.

By the way, we think the hottest question of the week will be how to remove an ink stain. We got five remedies from readers.

The favorite method was to spray the stain with hair spray. …

AQUA NET — I work in an office and there's always ink around an office. Spray the stain with Aqua Net and throw that sucker (quilt) in the washer. The ink will come right out. — Office Worker

Thank you, PROBE readers. We'll have more remedies Tuesday. You will notice we didn't tag any remedies with cities. That's because nobody mentioned where they live.

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