I just spoke to a friend of mine who lives in Naperville, Illinois, and he was having his backed-up drain cleaned out, and mentioned that it was only $50. He explained that the Water Department there has a plan where you pay them $50 a year for services. Here’s how it works. If you have stopped up drains, or leaks, or dripping faucets, you call the plumber, you pay the plumber $50 co-pay and the city covers the rest. It must be profitable for the city or they wouldn’t do it. Now this doesn’t cover remodeling your bath or kitchen or re-plumbing your house, just basic necessities. The city has contracts with several plumbing companies who bid and agree to certain rates. In return, that is who the city calls.
Interesting idea, I think.