About a week ago, we noticed our water pressure had dropped considerably. I called the City water folks, and they came out to look at it.
“Ah, I see your problem,” the water guy told me. “This tree here has a big root under the water pipe, and it has pushed up and broken your water meter.”
After he managed to get a new meter in place, he warned me that it would break too. “These birch trees love water,” he chuckled as he drove away.
We decided to aggressively prune the tree in preparation for possibly removing it altogether. I was all set to throw away the ‘waste’, until some suggested it has value in the home decoration market. So we’re offering it for sale — who knows if anyone will buy it?