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    We just received our second water bill since we have moved into our new
    house and it was very high! The bill is $69.75 for one month! That
    includes 21.80 for water, 33.95 for sewer, and 14.00 for trash.
    Obviously our sewer bill is high. There are 3 of us living here, me, my
    husband, and grown son. Do any of you have any ideas on how to cut our
    bill?

    I've thought of not letting the water run while we brush our teeth, and
    turning the shower off while we are soaping up, but that is all I can
    think of. I do use an automatic dishwasher once a day, but I heard that
    using the dishwasher once a day saves more water than washing them by

    hand 3 times a day. Do any of you know which is cheaper?

    Thanks, Nancy Ann
    Date: Tue Feb 4, 2003 1:13 pm
    Subject: High Water Bill

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    Ah but was the first water bill actual or guessed? The same thing happened to
    me. Our first water bill was an estimate based on the previous year but the
    second bill was true. I would definitely turn the water off while brushing and
    only turn it on to rinse the brush/your mouth. Don't let the water run while
    you're doing dishes. If you water plants then use the dirty dish water for
    this....just a few...

    NathDate: Tue Feb 4, 2003 2:09 pm
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    Maybe you need to check for a small leak under the house.Is your toilets
    running? Maybe the price is just high!! Good luck Love Nikki

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    The water company will also come out and do some tests (a freebie) to
    make certain you don't have a leak. Another thing you said "new
    house", is it just built or new to you? We had a house built and
    water co where we lived takes off 50% of the first 3 months of the
    water bill to encourage you to get your grass going. Honest...
    Poppy


    Date: Tue Feb 4, 2003 2:12 pm
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    Nancy Ann,
    Do you use a water saver shower head? Have the newer toilets that use less
    water or the older ones? You may find it more cost affective to put in the
    newer toilets (don't know how many bathrooms you have) and new shower heads
    and maybe even newer dripless faucets over the course of the next year. It
    will probably save you money in the end. Also if you have an older washing
    machine you will use a lot of water too.
    The front loading ones use a lot less water and cause less wear and tear on
    your clothes but get them just as clean. I know nothing here is a really
    'quick fix' but I am looking more long term.


    Sincerely,
    Sherrilee
    Date: Tue Feb 4, 2003 3:42 pm
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    I'm guessing that part of it depends on your location...rates vary
    widely!

    Also, could you be getting an estimated bill based on the previous
    owner's usage? (Maybe they had 10 kids who showered 2x a day???)

    Try looking at your meter and compare that to the reading shown on
    the bill to see if it's accurate.

    I guess I'll stop complaining about my $75 every 3 months for water
    and sewer!!!!!!!!!!

    All the best,
    Sheryl
    Date: Tue Feb 4, 2003 4:00 pm
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    Default Re: Help for High Water Bill!

    Instead of you working for your water, make your water work for you. Keep the water from showers or baths and use it to flush your toilets. Put a bowl in the bathroom basin to collect the water you use when you wash your hands. You can also use that water to flush your toilet. Keep a bucket next to your kitchen sink and use the water from washing dishes to water your indoor outdoor plants with.

 

 

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